Henry Sanchez Balangue passed away June 23, 2015. He was born July 4, 1935 in Tulare California to Mariano & Enriqueta Balangue, at the age of 2 years the family moved to Porterville, CA. Henry graduated from Vine St. to Olive Street School and to Bartlett Jr. High school and later on to Porterville Union High School. Henry's time participating in sports at PUHS and later at Porterville College was outstanding both as a player and as a person. His defensive ability was renowned and he became known as "Tiger Balangue".
Henry enlisted in the United States Army in June of 1953 where he would become an accomplished Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He was honorably discharged in June of 1956. After the Army Henry returned to Porterville attending P.C., obtaining a job and where he would end up meeting Nora Barrios, who would later become his bride of 53 years, wedding on May 5, 1962. Together they were blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters. Henry worked at General Cable for about 27 years. After the closing of the General Cable plant in Lindsay, Henry took a job with Mervyn's store in Porterville, he remained there for over ten years eventually retiring and rededicating his time to family and the community.
He was always involved in the community from coaching football for the boys to cooking Porterville Fairs renowned Filipino chicken with the Filipino club. That famous sauce was known the world over it seemed. In retirement he was involved with the American Legion and the Tule River Native Veteran's Post attending Pow Wow's throughout the western states.
Henry was preceded in death by both parents and his eldest brother Wilfred Balangue Sr. He is survived by his wife, Nora, his brother Mariano and sister Manuela "Nellie" Espinoza both of San Jose. His sons, Henry Jr., Angel and Frederick "Guy" and daughters Sonja and Roxanne, his 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Services are as follows:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Myers Funeral Chapel
248 N. E St.,
Porterville, CA 93257
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Memorial Mass with Military Honors 9:00a.m.
St. Anne's Church
378 N. F St.,
Porterville, CA 93257
Porterville Veteran's Memorial Building
1900 W. Olive Ave., Porterville, CA 93257