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Armando Vazquez


06/26/1948 - 11/08/2014 Obituary
Armando Vazquez Obituary
Armando Vazquez was born on June 26, 1948 in Bakersfield, CA and passed away on November 8, 2014 in Bakersfield, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents Antonio T. Vazquez and Natalie I. Vazquez. He is survived by his wife of 20 years Sandra, brother Tony, children Joseph, Andrea, and Luke, grandchildren Audryanna Montile and Jordyn Daniels, and also man´s best friend Suli.
Armando attended Shafter High, Bakersfield College, San Diego State University, and California State College Bakersfield. He earned degrees in Physical Ed with a minor in Spanish and a Master's degree in Educational Administration.
As a lifelong educator, he began his career as a teacher and coach at Saint Augustin High School in San Diego, Ca. He returned home to teach Spanish and coach with the Kern High School District at Arvin High. He then went to East High to teach, counsel, and coach, serving as the head Varsity Football coach from 1980-85. He returned to Arvin High and served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal of Administration. In 1996 he began his career at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, serving as the Migrant Director and then in District Advisory for the remainder of his career.
Armando was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family dearly and enjoyed putting them through drills that tested their mental as well as physical skills. He was known as Mando to his numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Besides his family, friends, and the Lord, Armando loved the ocean. His second home was Morro Bay, CA and he absolutely enjoyed every second he was able to spend on vacation there. The beauty and solitude of the ocean gave Armando peace and comfort when he needed to meditate. Also while in Morro Bay he enjoyed having movie marathons with his son Luke and his wife Sandra. Back at home, Armando loved walking the family dog Suli and on many days one could find him at the gym working out. Even in all of his subtleties, Armando influenced and left a profound impact on his family that will never be forgotten.
Armando will be remembered for his lifelong service to his God, his family, and the youth he worked with and mentored throughout his life. As an educator he was committed to a life of service over his 40 years in education, working with students, parents, and fellow educators in the pursuit of learning and accomplishment. He was an accomplished athlete, earning All-American honors on the 1967 Bakersfield College football squad and playing on the San Diego State University 1968 National Championship football team. As a wrestling and football coach, he was able to impact thousands of student athletes on and off the field. His coaching and mentoring was not just relegated to sports. He also impacted many students as a teacher, counselor and administer. As an educator, he was respected and sought after for his ability to bring people together and work toward positive outcomes.
His faith was primary in his life and he generously shared that faith with others. As a devote Catholic, he attended Holy Mass daily. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, serving as a Eucharistic minister. He could also be found at other churches on a regular basis; helping at youth conferences at St. Augustine in Lamont, participating in Eucharistic adoration at St. Francis Parish, or participating in the Cursillo Movement at San Clement Mission. Armando lived his life with the certainty that "we live our whole lives so that we will one day have the glory of being with our Father in Heaven".
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Jaime Quinonez, Jesse "JT" Toledo, Juan Vega and all their families for their support and love during this difficult time. Also, the family would like to thank Dr. Kantamore at CBCC, Dr. Bambi and Dr. Nalos at CCMC, and Dr. Sharma and staff at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital. We would like to thank the Flower Bar, for providing the floral arrangements - they have been beyond generous.
Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, starting with rosary at 9:30 a.m. with Mass immediately following at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Bakersfield, California. A reception will immediately follow the Mass, at the Parish Hall.
Kern River Family Mortuary
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 15, 2014
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