Andrew Lozano, known as Andy to his business associates and friends, 73, passed away on Monday July the 11th, 2022, after succumbing to cancer enduring over a four-month battle where he never gave up. He passed away at Sharp Memorial Hospital surrounded by his four natural born children and his eldest grandson.
Andy was born on February the 5th, 1949, in Otay California to father Paul Lozano and mother Grace Lozano. Andy was the eldest of five children. Andy attended John J. Montgomery Elementary School, Castle Park Middle School and Castle Park High School where Andy played football and wrestled and graduated in 1968.
Andy provided for his family his entire life starting at an early age when he worked with his father Max pouring and finishing concrete after school and over weekends. After high school, Andy started a career in the sheet metal industry. Once completed with his apprenticeship under his mentor and lifelong friend Merlin Kessel, Andy became a skilled welder and sheet metal mechanic and started Western Bay Sheet Metal & Marine with his brother-like-cousin, Larry Gonzales, and business partner, Jim Kropf. The company operated successfully for many years completing tens of millions of dollars in sales along with some of the most architectural and ornamental aesthetically pleasing projects in San Diego County and throughout the State of California, including the UCSD Biomedical Library, UCSD Price Center Expansion, US Navy Lemoore Hospital Replacement, US Army Fort Irwin Hospital Replacement, multiple buildings for all of the local school districts, multiple buildings in MCB Camp Pendleton along with multiple buildings at the new US Navy Coastal Campus.
Andy was a wonderful mentor and father and was involved in all of his children’s and grandchildren’s lives, including coaching for many of his children’s baseball and softball teams. Andy enjoyed surprise family weekend trips to Las Vegas at the last minute and dove hunting trips to the Imperial Valley. Andy was also a history buff and enjoyed travelling with his family and also alone. He went to Mexico several times, including several family trips to Cancun and Chichen-Itza and also solo trips to Asia and Thailand.
Andy is survived by his former spouse, Margaret Lozano and their five children, Don Potter, James Lozano, Roy Lozano, Helena Lopez and Gina Springer, and his thirteen grandchildren, Jesse Lozano, Salvador Lozano, Gabriel Lozano, Alyssa Lozano, Jacob Lozano, Kaeley Lopez, Isabella Lozano, Joey Lopez, Junior Springer, Valentina Springer, Piper Myers, Sadie Lozano and Noah Lozano and his two honorary grandchildren Gage Myers and Landon Myers.
Andy is also survived by his beloved mother, Grace Lozano and his four siblings and their families, Sandra Jimenez, Paul Lozano, Danny Lozano and Richard Lozano.
All of whom have an immense love and special place in their hearts for him.
Andy was a stubborn and ornery man and battled his illness the entire time until the bitter end and he will be dearly missed by all of his family and all that have come to know him.
Andy’s grave site memorial service will be held on Friday July the 22nd, 2022, at Singing Hills Memorial Park located at 2800 Dehesa Road El Cajon, CA 92019 at 1:30 PM. Andy’s Celebration of Life Party will be held the same day at the Ronald Reagan Community Center located at 195 East Douglas Avenue El Cajon, CA 92020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.