By Stacie N. Galang | Ventura County Star – VCStar.com – Photo: Joseph A. Garcia | Star File Photo.
Photo: Xavier Montes pauses at a mural in downtown Santa Paula, California, in 2015.
A giant of Chicano culture whose love of music and art influenced generations in his native Santa Paula and far beyond died Thursday after a prolonged illness. Xavier Montes was 67. Known to many as Big X, Montes was raised by his aunt in this citrus-growing hub.