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Aguilar, Martin Mejia  
Martin Mejia Aguilar was born on Jan. 2, 1923 and passed away in Bakersfield, CA. on Dec. 12, 2014. He was 91 years old. Born in California, he lived his early life in Rio Vista and the majority of his life in Galt, CA. Martin worked for Gwerder Farms in Galt as a ranch foreman for over 60 years spanning three generations of the Gwerder family. While managing a large cattle ranch as a young adult, he enjoyed square dancing with his first wife, Jeannie and league bowling in Galt with his friends. Martin was involved with the Caesar Chavez movement in the 1970's. Martin was also involved in bringing the first self-help housing program to Galt. He was a member of the Mexican American Lions Club participating in many fund raising activities throughout the years. Martin also enjoyed many years of traveling to Salitre, Mexico with his wife Caroline. Martin will be greatly missed by all who knew this gentle, quiet, hardworking, and fun loving man. Martin was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Jeannie Aguilar, his sons Gerard Aguilar and John Aguilar, his daughter Linda Aguilar Ornelas and Grandson Carl Contreras. Martin is survived by his wife of 25 years, Caroline Aguilar, his daughters, Merry Ann Gomez and her husband Art, and Gloria Contreras and her husband Jose. He has 8 grandchildren ; Martin Contreras, Janine Contreras Cohen, Art Gomez Jr., Alex Gomez, Marlo Gomez Lopez, Gerard Aguilar Jr. and Tina Ornelas and 20 great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing at Alma Funeral Home, 2130 E. California Ave, in Bakersfield, Ca. from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 18. Burial will be at the Galt Cemetery on Friday Dec. 19 at 11:00 am. A memorial service will be held immediately after at the Woodbridge Moose Lodge on Woodbridge Rd.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 17 to Dec. 25, 2014
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