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Nov. 11, 1948 - Nov. 26, 2012

Visitation and rosary will take place Monday, December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley for Rene Canchola, 64, of Imperial who passed away in his home.
Mass will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at Sacred Heart Church in Brawley. He will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery following Mass.
Rene Reyes Canchola was born in Mexico, and immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with his father, Daniel Canchola. He graduated from Brawley Union High School, married his next-door neighbor and high-school sweetheart, Esther Espitia Canchola, and immediately joined the Army and served in the Vietnam Conflict. After being honorably discharged, Rene returned to Brawley and his family. He worked in a number of different positions throughout his life, but most notably he worked at the Clinicas de Salud in Brawley, and was responsible for opening the Clinica's branch in Blythe, CA. Rene spent the last twenty-four years of his career working for Brawley Union High School, having just retired in June 2011.
Having played competitively in Mexico as a youth, Rene was an avid lover of baseball and was equally passionate about Brawley Little League having served as a coach and umpire for many years. He was very proud of his three children and would often recount some of his proudest moments - watching both Lorie and Eddie graduate from college, and seeing Daniel follow in his footsteps by enlisting in the Army. Rene was remarried in 1994 to Aurora Lopez Chavez Canchola. They lived in Calexico for the past eighteen years and had just recently moved to Imperial last month. Having had no previous health concerns, Rene suddenly suffered a massive heart attack and quickly passed in his wife's arms at home. He will be remembered as a son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, coach and friend.
Rene leaves behind his mother, Lucia Reyes of Mexico; step-mother, Olivia Canchola of Imperial, CA; wife, Aurora Lopez Chavez Canchola; ex-wife, Esther Espitia Canchola; brother, Louis Canchola of San Diego, CA; sister, Liliana Canchola of Imperial, CA; sister, Patricia Canchola Currie of Imperial, CA; sister, Grace Canchola Fuesler of Valencia, CA; brother, Oscar Reyes of Mexico; brother, Benjamin Reyes of Mexico; brother, Arturo Reyes of Mexico; sister, Clarissa Pimentel of Palm Springs, CA; sister, Martha Franco of Tucson, AZ; daughter, Lorie Canchola Boyd of Los Altos Hills, CA; sons, Daniel Canchola of Discovery Bay, CA and Eddie Canchola of Brawley, CA; step-son, Enrigue Puga of Mexicali, Mexico; step-daughter, Ashley Garcia of Calexico, CA; and 15 grandchildren.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Nov. 30, 2012
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