SANTA FE SPRINGS – Louis Caldarelli, 92, a chemical engineer, musician and founder of a Santa Fe Springs business, passed away peacefully March 4 at his home, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Raton, NM in 1925, youngest son of Settimio and Maria (Benedetti) Caldarelli from Spoleto, Italy, Louis graduated from Purdue University and served in the US Army during WWII as an engineer with The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, NM.
After working for Firestone in PA, Congoleum-Nairn in NJ, and 3M Company in LA, Louis co-founded Coral Industries Inc., Santa Fe Springs, serving as owner/President/CEO for over 45 years.
One of Coral Industries’ long-standing business relationships has been with the annual Pasadena Parade of Roses, where the company’s adhesives are used exclusively in all float construction.
Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Fender Music Foundation in support of music education in schools.
Published: March 26, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 50