Reynaldo "Rey" Bocanegra
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Rey Bocanegra, 59, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his home, surrounded by family. Rey was born Nov. 18, 1954 in San Benito, TX and resided in Salinas for many years.
For the past 14 years his residence was in Riverbank, having moved from Kennewick, WA to accept a position as a Nuclear Engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore. He graduated from Salinas High School in 1973. Then attended the United States Air force Academy in 1973 to 1975 and received an Honorable Discharge. He received two degrees from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1983 and a Master of Science Degree in Radiological Health Physics in 1985. His interest in the nuclear field led him to pursue a second Master's in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1987. Upon graduating, Rey accepted a position with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Glen Ellen, IL. He later accepted a position with the United States Department of Energy, in Richland, WA. Rey was frequently a guest speaker at local high schools to encourage students to pursue a career in the Sciences. In his spare time, Rey enjoyed coaching and playing soccer, dancing, riding his motorcycle and traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rosa Maria Bocanegra and three sons, Michael (Jessica) of Modesto, Albert (Sophea) of Riverbank and Gabriel; grandson, Michael Bocanegra Jr. of Pasco, WA; granddaughters, Isabel Bocanegra of Riverbank, Alize and Mikayla Bocanegra of Modesto; sisters, Elsa Baum of Lyman, WY, Diana Derichsweiler of Salinas, Rosa (Roberto) Gonzales of Hollister; brothers, Jose (Baudelia) Bocanegra Jr. of Hollister, Rodolfo (Gail) Hernandez of Fife, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Amada Bocanegra Sr. and six other siblings.
The family will receive friends and family for Visitation from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 with a Rosary recital at 7 p.m., all at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905.
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 240 Calle Cebu, Salinas, CA 93901.
Interment with full Military Honors will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road
Salinas, CA 93905
Published in The Salinas Californian on June 10, 2014