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Julian Boniface Sanchez

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Julian Boniface Sanchez went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2015. Julian was born in 1924 in Banning, California. He left peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Julian made his home for 65 years with his wife Rosie in Marysville, California, followed by five years in Lodi where he moved to be near his daughters.

Julian was preceded in death by his "favorite" son Hank, his beloved sister Mary Robles, his brother Joe Sanchez, and many other loved ones.

Dad is survived by his sisters Anita Roybal of New Mexico and Juanita Ottman of Arkansas.

Julian attended St. Boniface Indian School in Banning, California, as a child. He proudly served in the Army Air Corp from February 1943 to February 1946, and remained a loyal patriot to his country throughout his lifetime. He served in the South Pacific Theater in WWII where his job was setting fuses for bombs placed in B26 airplanes. Julian moved to Northern California in 1948 and soon met and married his lifetime sweetheart, Rosie. Together they had nine children, Michael (Trish), Patricia (James Coward), Emily (Gary Stoklasa), Tom (Jackie), Richard (Lu), Hank (Melany), Veronica (George Agnew), Julie (Larry Harbin), Penny (Gary Howsley), 25 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild on the way.

Julian spent a good portion of his working life as a ranch foreman for the Matthews Family's Pacific Ranch in Marysville, California.

The cornerstone of Julian's life was commitment to and love of his family. As an example of this commitment, the Sanchez family was nominated and received the honor of Yuba County's 2000 Family of the Year. Community organizations include St. Joseph's Church, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Notre Dame Parents/Teachers Association, Hallwood Men's Auxiliary, and the Okinawa Vets Breakfast Club in Lodi. Julian taught his family the value of a diligent work ethic, humor, and love of our country. The crowning achievement of Dad's commitment to giving back was the formation of The Sanchez Family Foundation established in 2014, a foundation committed to contributing to community, helping others in need, and making a difference in our world.

Dad will always be remembered for his charismatic personality, a great sense of humor, his crazy pranks, and his signature musical masterpieces, aka his legendary self-made ditties, such as "And if…you ask…her why the heck she wore it, she wore it for Julie-Boy Sanchez, who was in the cavalry." Throughout his life, Dad treasured spending time with family. The only gift he ever asked for was more family time, particularly in his later years. As he said many times, "I don't envy anyone. The only thing I envy is youth".

A rosary and mass will be held Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 am at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville, California, followed by a reception at the home of Gary & Penny Howsley in Browns Valley, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Optimal Hospice, 3461 Brookside Road, Suite A2, Stockton, California 95219, phone 209-670-8000, or 2010 Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, Maryland 20850, phone 888-294-8560.

Funeral services will be under the direction of Lipp & Sullivan, 629 D Street, Marysville, California 95901.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from May 6 to May 8, 2015
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