Simon Samarripas III 1979 - 2009 Peter's Funeral Home Shafter Simon Samarripas III was born November 15, 1979 in Bakersfield CA to Anita (Zuniga) and Simon Samarripas Jr. Simon was one of four brothers and was raised in Wasco, he attended the local schools and graduated from Wasco High School in 1997. He met his companion and best friend Vanesa Tovar fifteen years ago and they had 2 beautiful children together. Simon loved hanging around his brothers, friends, family and his children. He looked forward to having everyone over for Sunday BBQ's at his house. He enjoyed working out, fishing and working on his home every chance he had. Football was one of his favorite sports to watch, he was a Cincinnati Bangles fan. One of his recent pass times was to take out his 1984 Blue Cutlass for a drive with the family. Simon was employed by Jacobs Field Services where his co-workers knew him as a hard worker who gave all he could to get the job done. Simon was a man with a big heart that always put his friends and family first. Simon will always be considered as a man of respect by those who knew him. Simon will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Simon was preceded in death by both his parents; Anita Samarripas (1996) and Simon Jr. (1992). He is survived by his children, Justin and Kiara Samarripas; brothers, Adrian Sanchez and wife Lily, Eric Samarripas and Michael Angel Samarripas; nieces, Rachael and Sierra; nephews, Adrian and Noah; grandparents, Carlos and Esperanza Zuniga; aunts, Adela Leal, Melissa Castillo, Nelia Chairez, Lydia Samarripas, Rachael and Pinky; uncles Romolo Zuniga and David Zuniga; Ricardo Samarripas, Reynaldo Samarripas, Ramon Samarripas; many cousins and friends. Mass will be held for Simon Samarripas, age 29, Friday, May 1, 2009 - 10am at St. Johns Catholic Church with interment at Shafter Memorial Park. Visitation will be held, Thursday, April 30, 2009 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Wasco CA from 2-8pm, with a Rosary at 6pm. Please visit Simon's guestbook at www.goldenvalleymemorialcare.com. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." 23rd Psalm
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 30, 2009