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UPDATED: In loving memory of a giant: Jesus Prieto, may he rest in peace

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Jesus Prieto
February 15, 1931 - January 30, 2014

Jesus Prieto was a giant man. Not in terms of stature but in terms of honor. To those who did not know him, he may have appeared to be just a regular guy, a welder who worked hard and raised a family. But to those of us who knew him, he was much more than that. Jesus was a man of honor and incredible dignity. A man who consistently stood firm and steadfast in the face of adversity after adversity, never once compromising his principles or trading his honor for an easy way out. Jesus was the epitome of the historic Cuban Exile who came to America in search of freedom for his family and never forgot how fortunate he was to have been given that privilege.

Last night, Jesus Prieto passed away in peace, leaving behind his wife, his daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and lastly his son Val Prieto. But although he is no longer with us in body, his spirit and his legacy remains forever with his family and for those of us who had the honor of knowing him. I am among those privileged few in this world who was fortunate enough to know Jesus and my life will forever be changed for the better. I will miss Jesus desperately, but I will also thank God for allowing me the privilege of knowing this giant of man.

Please join Babalú in prayer for the family of Jesus Prieto not only for God to help them through this difficult time of loss, but also in thanks to Him for giving us this giant.


Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, February 3rd, from 2:00 PM to 10 PM at:

Maspons Funeral Home
3500 SW 8th St, Miami, FL

28 comments to UPDATED: In loving memory of a giant: Jesus Prieto, may he rest in peace

  • Fuerte Abrazos to Val and family.

  • My grandfather was one of a kind. I know he loved every member of the Babalu family. Thank you for this beautiful, perfect tribute.

  • George Moneo

    Words can't come close, Val. All of us here send you our deepest condolences.

  • Carlos Eire

    Val, my heart goes out to you and your family. Many blessings to you all during this time of grief. I grieve with you. Abrazos.

  • asombra

    I'm truly saddened to hear this. I didn't know Val's father, but I know what such men represent and signify. This is yet another piece of the best of Cuba that's been lost, the real Cuba, not the grotesquely adulterated mess it has become. It is always very hard to lose a beloved parent, but there comes a time when it's better to let them go and rest. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • We all lost a father yesterday.

  • Val, Silvia, Amanda, Maura, and dear Mrs. Prieto, "Tete", he was all our father, a giant of a man who changed our lives, and filled our hearts with love, courage, honor, and faith in the good of this world. God bless him, and keep him. Steve and I send our deepest condolences.

  • Val,

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

  • Gusano

    this is indeed a sad day as the Babalu family has lost its father emeritus.
    I met Val's dad at Cuba Nostalgia. For some reason, I will always remember the handshake, the smile, the defiant blue eyes. Shaking his hand you knew exactly who he good as his handshake. no doubt. he embodied what Cuba used to be and what we were nostalgic about. he was so proud of Val and Val of his old man. it was a beautiful thing to see.

  • therealcuba

    I'm very sad to hear about this great loss for the Babalu family and the entire Cuban American community of true political exiles.
    I always looked forward at the opportunity of being able to see and talk to Mr. Prieto and his dear wife at each Cuba Nostalgia event.
    I will cherish those memories forever.
    To Val and the entire Prieto family my deepest condolences.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Val, my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family on your Dad’s loss. I know how much he meant to you and the rest of the family and words cannot express the pain of your loss. Jesus Prieto was a great man and I treasure my conversations with him. He’s now in heaven, resting in peace in God’s glory.

  • I'll never forget the day I met your dad, Val. I introduced myself. "Soy la nieta de Perez-Puelles." His eyes teared up and he gave me his signature bear hug.
    At that moment, he adopted me as his own.
    Like Henry said, we all lost a father today.
    Babalú is very much HIS legacy. I grieve with you, my brother.
    We'll always have Manatí. xo

  • ranavy33

    Val, Please accept my condolences for your loss. It is so hard to lose a parent, and it sounds like he was a wonderful man. I'm sure he was very proud of you.

  • Lynx

    Truly sorry for your loss, Val. You are one that always held "Los Puros" in high regards and respect. Never met him, but he did a hell of a job raising you.

  • My sincere condolences, Val and the Prieto family.

  • Rayarena

    My heartfelt condolences, Val. May the Lord see you and your family through these difficult times.

  • quinco

    Val and family,

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you. We must remember him as a very happy and wonderful father.

    Un abrazo

    Liliana & Armando Quincoses

  • R

    Val, So sorry to hear about your Dad. My greatest respects to you and your family.

  • marc in calgary

    My condolences Val y Maggie, for your loss, and the loss to the Babalu community at large.

    RIP Jesus Prieto

  • Ricardo

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I lost mine in 03. I still feel his presence. He had a big influence on me. I'm sure that will be the same for you.


  • jorge

    My condolences to the Prieto family. My dad arrived in Miami in 1960. Died in 2005. I still miss him a lot.

    Jorge Bertran

  • OmarD

    Val, so very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of sharing a few minutes with your dad at Nostalgia a few years ago. I share your grief. God be with you and your family.


  • drillanwr

    What a beautiful, beautiful man, Val.

    Your very first blessing from God was his being your Dad. So much he taught you about life, and right and wrong. So much you carry with you and have to offer others. How you live your life is his legacy.

    A recent line from "Downton Abbey" comes to mind...

    "The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that's all there is."

  • MANNY53

    Val, we have never met, and of course I never met your father. But it always saddens me when another Cuban of my parents' generation dies. They were true heroes - OUR "greatest generation" - who were forced to leave their beautiful country at its zenith...we were just kids going along for the ride into exile. It only makes it worse that those two Castro jackals are still around, a nightmare that never ends.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    • Ricardo

      Manny53, Ditto. You really put it the way I feel. The nightmare like all will end, keep the faith brother. You know, if only one of us is around to see it, we won. Keep the faith, keep the faith. I know its going to happen don't know when, but it will.

  • Gallardo

    My condolences, Val. It is evident by his face that he was a great man. Such men weren't simply our fathers and grandfathers to whom we are grateful for their love, strength, teachings, and example. Such men were Cuba and the reason we, even those who have never set foot in Cuba, continue walking as proud Cuba loving Cubans.

  • Honey

    I was away and out of touch. I only recently learned about your loss, Val.

    The words of these here who offer you condolences speak volumes about what a great man your father was. Gallardo's words are beautiful.
    Please accept my belated and heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your good memories of your father and all that went into the making of you will keep him alive in this world.

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