Of Plumas Lake, CA, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home surrounded by family on September 12, 2013 in Plumas Lake, CA. He was born on May 5, 1941 in Wasco, CA.
Daddy held many types of jobs. He was mostly known for working in the Plumbing industry and HVAC work, but he held jobs such as Farming & Orchard Work, Auto Mechanic & Gas Station owner, a true "Jack of all Trades".
Born in Wasco, CA, as a child he moved from there to Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and back to California with his hardworking farming family. He lived in the Yuba & Sutter county areas off and on during his 72 years. He had lived in Wapato, WA for a number of years prior to becoming ill with cancer in 2012, running the family fruit farm. His children moved him back home so that he could spend time with them and his grandchildren, extended family and lifelong friends.
He is survived by his 5 children: Son, Robert Vestal and his wife Victoria of Bakersfield, CA; Daughter, Loretta Vestal-Quast and her companion Fred Mena, of Yuba City, CA; Daughter, Edith Vestal of Yuba City, CA; Son, Larry Vestal of Plumas Lake, CA; Daughter, Paula Vestal Mena and her husband Don of Plumas Lake, CA. He is also survived by 4 granddaughters, 10 grandsons, 3 great-granddaughters and 1 great-grandson; his 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James (in 1999) and Edith (in 2003) Vestal, of Wapato, WA, and his son-in-law Ross Quast (in 2011).
He was a kind hearted and giving man who helped so many friends and family with just about anything they needed. He was known as "Uncle Bud" to so many people. He would give others the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket. Memories of him doing things such as selling Christmas trees in the front yard in Olivehurst and giving them away for free to needy families, to working on cars and home repairs for others and refusing to take a dime for his work or time are just a couple of examples of his belief in "Do unto others..." Dad renewed his relationship with the Lord in 2010 after a separate illness and loved to share stories of his wonderful talks with "the Man Upstairs" and how he felt fortunate for any extra time he was to be given.
Dad will be greatly missed but knowing he is in his Heavenly home and free from the earthly illness he faced brings comfort to the family. His children knew that he truly had an unconditional love for them.
Private viewing services were coordinated by Lakeside Colonial Chapel and private interment of his ashes will be held at a later date. A celebration of his life memorial and reception will be held Friday, September 20 at 2:00 pm at The Rivers Foursquare Church in Yuba City for extended family and friends.
The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brady Miller and the wonderful nurses at Rideout Cancer Center who cared for him during his illness. He was treated with the utmost dignity and kindness that words cannot describe. God Bless you all.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 18, 2013