Gabriel M. Mayorga
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March 21, 1929 - Feb. 26, 2014
Gabriel Mayorga was born, March 21, 1929 in Los Angeles, Ca., to Juan Jose and Tranquilina Mayorga ( even though he would tell people he was born in Lincoln County, Arkansas). Raised in Pinedale, Ca. by his mother and step-father. Gabriel went to the armed forces in 1945 at 16 years old, (of course he lied about his age), where he spent four years, 3 of those in Japan. He really enjoyed speaking Japanese on occasion, even most recently with his wound care specialist Suki, where he was cared for, with much compassion and whose office personal he liked very much.
Gabriel moved from Fresno to Merced, bringing with him, his wife Nancy and 3 of his soon to be 8 children. He was a barber for over 60 years. He also was the sole proprietor of Gabe's Tavern where he ran both businesses for many, many years. He performed his last hair cut on January 4, 14, 2014. Our Dad lost his battle, February 26, 2014 with loved ones by his side.
Dad was a hard working man, as hard as he was in life. Dad enjoyed his work and most of all; anyone who really knew him can tell you he enjoyed watching the Cowboy channel all day long. He loved the game of pool and was a great pool player and when he took off his glasses you were sure to lose.
Thankfully to the unconditional love, patience and kindness of his daughters, Marian, Mary & son in law Joe Medina, Dad was able to maintain independent living at home until he left us. Special Thanks to Duffy (Adolfo) Cortinas for keeping our Dad's business going for him.
Gabriel is preceded in death by his son Gabe Mayorga, daughter in-law Anna Mayorga and granddaughter Deborah Mayorga, his parents, brothers; Thomas and Juan Mayorga both of Fresno, and sister, Dolores Bonillas of Riverside.
He is survived by his son, Peter Mayorga of Clovis. Daughters, Marian Cortinas of Winton, Vivian Balderama of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Medina and Myrna Shimrado both of Merced. Sylvia Lagos of San Jose and Deborah Arroyo of Fremont. Estranged wife and friend Nancy Mayorga of Merced. Sisters Julia Dominquez of Fresno and Virginia Marquez of Pinedale. 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grand children and 5 great great-grandchildren, and many more loved family members.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 13th, from 4-8pm, at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home, 901 W Main St., Merced. Mass will be held March 14th at Sacred Heart Church, 519 W 13th St, at 10:00am. Burial directly after at District Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his son Gabe.
On behalf of the entire Gabriel Mayorga family; we would like to Thank all the family, friends, and patrons for your LOVE, support and patience with our Dad and those who came to visit him at home and in the hospital. Also special thanks to all the Dr.s, nurses, and hospital personnel that cared for our Dad.
Dad you will truly be missed. You were the strongest among us and passed that strength on to us. Always know how much we love you. We'll strive to make you proud.
Published in Merced Sun Star from Mar. 8 to Mar. 12, 2014