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Miguel Mendez-Sanchez
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Miguel 'El Mike' Mendez-Sanchez, 85, died Thursday, May 26 at his Riverbank residence.

He was a native of Zimatlan, Mexico and a resident of Riverbank for 35 years. He previously lived in Patterson for 40 years and was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. He was also a member of the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Riverbank.

Mr. Mendez-Sanchez came to the United States at a young age with no more than a first grade education where he proceeded to establish himself as a man of integrity, a hard worker and held the position of Ranch Foreman for over 25 years at Rancho Rio Robles in Westley and established a business in Riverbank for over 30 years. As ranch foreman and later as a businessman, he helped countless people and established an agriculture and business reputation second to none.

He is remembered as a loving and extraordinary husband, father and grandfather. His pride and joy was his marriage to his wife Aurora Mendez and raising five sons that all went on to obtain Master of Arts degrees. His pride and joy continued with his grandchildren who all got to know their grandfather and will carry forward memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. He will be remembered in the hearts of his family.

He is survived by his wife loving wife of 48 years, Aurora Mendez of Riverbank; sons, Rene (Martha) Mendez of Gonzales, Miguel (Susan) Mendez of Dallas, TX, Roberto (Luz) Mendez of Stockton, Pedro (Marisela) Mendez of Turlock, Raul (Amy) Mendez of Riverbank; brother, Armondo Mendez of Turlock; sisters, Jela Arnaud, Lupe Reyes, both of Mexico; and 11 grandchildren.

Visitation and a rosary were held June 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. A funeral mass was held June 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed at Patterson District Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson, in charge of arrangements.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

June 8, 2011