Jorge Francisco Torres was born on April 15, 1977. He was raised in Santa Barbara, attending Franklin Elementary and Santa Barbara Junior High. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School, Class of 1995.

An active participant in ROTC, his dream was to serve his country in the military. Eventually after graduating, he joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed in New York, serving with the 10th Mountain Division. As part of his service, he traveled to Bosnia and Iraq. He served honorably and was discharged in 2005.

He died tragically in a fire that is currently under investigation. He will be missed by his mother, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held (outside the church) on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 227 N. Nopal St. The burial will be shortly after at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N. Hope St.