Feb. 17, 1930 - June 13, 2014
Manuel Rivera Cazares died peacefully on Friday, June 13, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Woodland after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born Feb. 17, 1930 to Mercedes and Francisco Cazares in Lampazos, Sonora, Mexico, Manuel came to the United States in order to work to support his mother and siblings after the death of his father in 1949. He found full-time work in Knights Landing with farmer, Otto Bergdorf and was able to obtain legal U.S. residency. In 1957 Manuel began a long and successful career at Dan Best Ranch in Knights Landing, moving up the ranks to foreman and eventually ranch manager, reporting directly to Dan Best, Jr. He had nothing but respect and appreciation for his employers. He and Maria retired in December, 1995.
In January, 1955, Manuel married his one love, Maria Montano, and brought her back to Knights Landing to raise their five children, moving the family to Woodland in 1974. After retirement, he and Maria enjoyed fishing and RVing. They also made frequent visits to their daughters on the East Coast and siblings in Mexico, and vacationed in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska. He also enjoyed waterfowl hunting and briefly took up golf. In later years, he loved keeping up with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews on Facebook and especially enjoyed the wonderful photos.
Manuel will always be remembered for his cheerful demeanor, his love of family, his passion for learning, and his unceasing work ethic. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, a past member of the Woodland Moose Lodge, and a member of the Yolo County EOC during the 1960s and 1970s. He was also involved with the Yolo County planning commission and, being a farmer, worked with agricultural programs through U.C. Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maria, and his daughters, Hermelinda Hoelscher, Helodia Glick (Andrew), Rebecca Mallery (Michael), and Mercedes Lurie (Joseph). He will be missed by his grandchildren, Ian Sharp (Jessica), Megan Sharp, Trevor Cazares, Frances Glick, Charles Glick, Michael Mallery (Jamie), Neil Mallery, Mark Mallery, David Lurie, Matthew Lurie, and Jacob Lurie; his great granddaughters, Skye Sharp and Madison Bauknecht and his siblings Refugio Cazares, Eva Cazares, Angelina Davila (Cruz), Francisco Cazares (Maria) and Mercedes Corral (Roberto), and his many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Manuel was predeceased by his infant daughter, Raquel Cazares; son, Manuel M. Cazares; son-in-law, William C. Hoelscher; sisters, Guadalupe Lopez, Aurelia Cazares and Francisca Cazares; brother, Fernando Cazares, and Goddaughter Ascencion Montano.
Visitation will be held Sunday, June 22, between 5 and 7 p.m., at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St. A Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 301 Walnut St., in Woodland. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. A reception will be held at Tumulty Hall next to Holy Rosary Church after the burial.
Donations in Manuel's memory can be made to The
,1545 River Park Drive Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95815, or to Sutter Care at Home Hospice, 8334 Ferguson Ave. Sacramento, CA 95828.
458 College Street Woodland, CA 95695
Published in Daily Democrat from June 20 to June 22, 2014