Bob Morales

Bob Morales

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Bob Morales was a popular American mechanic and car enthusiast. He was famous as the elder brother of well-known singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ritchie Valens.

Early Life and Childhood

Bob Morales was born in the year 1937 in San Fernando Valley, United States. Similarly, he was American by nationality and followed Christianity. As his exact date of birth isn’t available, his zodiac sign is also not known.

Talking about his family background, he was born to his father José Esteban Valenzuela (1896–1952), and his mother Concepción “Concha” Reyes (1915–1987). His parents were from Mexico. He was the oldest child among five children of his parents. He had two younger brothers named late Ritchie Valens and Mario Ramirez, and two younger sisters named Connie and Irma. Bob grew up with his siblings in Pacoima.

Bob Morales

Caption: Bob with his brother Ritchie (source: Remezcla)


Moving towards his educational background, he completed his schooling at San Fernando High School. Similarly, there is no information if he joined any University for his higher studies or not. Since his school days, he was interested in cars.


Bob Morales died on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the age of 81. He was suffering from prostate cancer which became the cause of his death. He passed away on his Central Coast home. Many motorcycle clubs visited his house to pay tribute to him.

Professional Life

In his early days, Bob align with his family worked in San Jose Agricultural camps. At that time, his family used to produce and sell agricultural products for a living. After that, he started his mechanics career and owned his own garage. Apart from this, he is famous as the elder brother of Ritchie Valens.

Bob Morales’s brother Ritchie Valens’ Career

Ritchie was a singer and guitarist by profession. He started playing and singing in his college days. After knowing about him, bob Keane, the owner of the small record label Del-Fi Records, went to see him performing at a theatre in San Fernando. Keane was impressed by him and signed him in the year 1958. He released his debut album named “Come On, Let’s Go” in July 1958. Some of his popular songs recorded are “Donna”, “La Bamba”, and others.

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Caption: Ritchie performing live (source: Longview News-Journal)

Relationship Status

Bob had married twice in his life. His first marriage was with his girlfriend, Rosie Caballero. The duo met each other for the first time in North Carolina. Later, they started dating and finally got married. They had seven children together named Brenda, Robert, Nora, Richard, Jerry, Barbara, and one other. However, Rosie left Bob and they divorced each other because of Bob’s drinking habit.

In the late 1970s, he moved to Santa Cruz County. Here, he met his future wife Joanie Morales. Likewise, they first met each other at a rehabilitation center where the two worked together. Moreover, they married each other at the addiction-treatment center in 1979.

Bob Morales

Caption: Bob with his ex-wife Rosie (source: FaveBites)

Body Measurements

Enhancing his body measurements, Bob was a good-looking and cool guy. However, he never shared any of his physical statistics such as height, weight, chest size, waist size, hip size, dress size, shoe size, etc. He prefers to keep it secret from the media. At the time of his death, he had white hairs with a pair of brown eyes. He also had an attractive white mustache as his distinctive feature.

Social Media and Net Worth

When it comes to his social media availability, Bob didn’t use any of them. There were no such things called social media at his time. Also, he was too old when social sites were just launched. Therefore, he never thought of using them. Hence, he isn’t active in any of the social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As Bob was a mechanic by profession, he didn’t have a huge amount of wealth as other celebrities. However, according to the wiki sites, he had an estimated net worth of $100 thousand US dollars at the time of his death. He made all this money from his solo career as a mechanic.