Juan Manuel (Nani) Luna was born in Riverside, CA on June 23, 1981 to Filiberto and Maria Luna. He was their second child. He has an older sister, Claudia Sosa (Maby) and a younger sister Alma Cox. As a baby he lived in Mexico with his mother and sister while his father worked in California. In 1986 his father was able to bring the family together and relocated to Bonsall, CA. Nani attended Bonsall School from Kindergarten - 7th grade. In 1994 he moved with his family to Oakley, CA where he finished middle school at O'hara Park Middle School and then went on to Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA. He graduated High School in 1999. 

By the age of 13, he was already working in the grape fields to help his parents and sisters. Because of his age, he couldn't actually work, but he would take a cooler filled with cold drinks and sell those to the field workers. Later he would also work in the grape fields with them and many other Lunas. In 1997, his professional career began at the San Ramon Marriott. He became a father at the age of 19 when his first son Juan Manuel Luna (Junior) was born in 2001. He had also become father to Marisel who he would later in life adopt and give her his last name. In 2002, Kimberly Rosali Luna was born. Nani worked many hours to be able to support his wife and three kids. In 2004 he became a single dad and raised his three children. He loved them with all his heart. His Marriott career led him to Emeryville Courtyard and then left the Marriott family to work at the Clairmont Resort & Spa where he was the Banquet Manager. He left the hospitality industry to work in the insulation industry for a few years.

In 2005 he met Maria (Chayo) Rios who he would later marry. He became Pops to his stepson Juan Fernando Hernandez and in 2007, he became father again, this time to his daughter Crystalmarie Luna. In 2012, he relocated back to Southern California where he worked with his uncle in the Heating & Air business. He became a father once again in 2016 when MiguelAngel Luna (Miggy) was born. He continued working in Heating & AC and learning the trade. In 2017, he broke off on his own and started his own business Luna's Heating & Air. This was his biggest accomplishment and he was the proudest man. The first year was a very difficult year but he pushed forward. He had so many plans and believed that Summer 2019 would be when his business would boom. Nani was the most hardworking, humble, kind man that was willing to help anyone whenever possible and always with a smile on his face.

Sadly, on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 Nani went to the hospital due to what he thought was pneumonia. Tuesday evening he was transferred from Moreno Valley to Riverside and Wednesday night he learned that it was most likely Lymphoma. That night he became very ill and moved to ICU. On the morning of April 11th, 2019 things became much worse and we lost Juan to what we believe was a very short battle with Lymphoma. He leaves behind his wife Maria (Chayo); his sons Fernando, Junior and Miggy; daughters Marisel, Kimmy, and Crystal; and daughter-in-law Christy. 

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In March 2017, his dream of becoming self employed became true. He opened his business and had so many plans for this. The first year was very difficult and he did odd jobs to make ends meet. He persisted and gained clients through self promotion on Facebook groups and through word of mouth. He also joined a networking group that would help him learn more about being a small business owner. He had high hopes that Summer 2019 would be his busiest season and his business would boom!


My brother's real name was Juan Manuel Luna. The entire family simply called him Nani. Many friends would know him as that as well, but I don't know if anyone really knows why we called him Nani. When we were babies, our dad worked mostly with Mexican guys but he also worked with a man named Bruce. Bruce called my baby brother "Johnny". He is only a year than me, so I was still a baby myself. And I could not pronounce this but I would call him "Nani" and it stuck. I'm sure there are still many of the younger cousins in the family that don't even know his real name was Juan.

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