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On the morning of November 25, 2013, Feliciano Maldonado Lemus passed away peacefully, of natural causes, in his home. Feliciano was comforted by his wife and one of his daughters. He was 83 years old.

Feliciano was born in Palos Bobos, Michoacan, Mexico on October 22, 1930. He was the second son to Doroteo Maldonado and Maria de Jesus Lemus.

Feliciano came to the United States in 1973 and settled in Los Angeles, where he and his family resided for 5 years. There he worked for La Colonial Tortilla Factory.

In 1978, they moved to South San Francisco, where he worked as a janitor for Macy's Department Store.

In 1981, they moved again to Watsonville, Ca., where he and his wife started their own catering truck business, La Paloma, in which they delivered hot, and much sought-after Mexican food to farm workers from Santa Cruz County to the Salinas Valley. This employment helped his family purchase their first home in Watsonville, where they lived until 1995. Feliciano also became a U.S. Citizen in 1995, a milestone which he was highly proud of achieving.

Live Oak became Feliciano's final place of residence, from 1995 to the day of his passing. He retired in 2002, and this gave him the opportunity to get involved with his church, Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Live Oak. He was a member of the Guadalupano Club, Eucharist Minister, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Christian Crusades.

He was well-known and respected by many in the community.

Feliciano is preceded in death by his first wife, Piedad; his parents; his siblings, Jose, Jesus, and Maria del Refugio; and two of his children: daughter, Elia; and son, Francisco.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Urfelia; 8 children: Ignacio, Marin, Petronila, Maria, Feliciano, Doroteo, Jorge, and Gabriela. He also leaves over 30 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and even great- great-granchildren.

Feliciano leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love and compassion, which he extended to and passed on to his family. He was also a loyal friend to many, whom will greatly miss him. All who knew him will continue to celebrate him, his generosity, spirit, and love of life.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 30, 2013
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