Became another one of God's Angels on January 22, 2014. He was born in Santa Paula to Guadalupe Vela and Manuel Vanegas Sr. on July 22, 1938. Manuel Vanegas' family has been in the Santa Paula area for 15 generations. He was very proud of that fact. A son of farm laborers he strongly believed in education and after graduation from Santa Paula High school, he continued his education obtaining his AA (Ventura Community College), BS (Fresno State), MPH (UCLA) and JD degree (Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles). He worked for seven years for UCSB financial aid helping many students obtain loans and grants that otherwise would not have been able to go to college. The ACLU hired him in 1984 where he worked as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant. In 1989 he obtained employment with the California Department of Health and became a health advocate/investigator and licensing and certification specialist. He retired from the Department of Health in 2004. He was very much a social activist. He marched with Cesar Chavez and supported causes that opposed the poverty-stricken and oppressed. He was a kind, loving, generous, honest individual. His family meant everything to him, as did his country. He was a veteran and his father was killed in action during WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his only child, Mireya Sol Sosa-Vanegas of Denver, CO, who was the light of his life, and his niece and nephew, Celeste Reyes and Richard Velasco of Santa Paula, whom he loved dearly and their respective families. He was especially close to two cousins Sal Vargas and Nancy Herrera-Lagunas. Numerous other family and friends mourn his loss. His mother, Guadalupe Vela Vanegas, His aunt, Carmen Almazan, his sister Barbara Vanegas and his father, Manuel Vanegas Sr. precede him in death. A rosary and mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula on Sat. February 8 at 11:00 a.m. A military burial will follow the mass at the Santa Paula Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Manuel Vanegas Memorial Fund, ALS Research.org or send to ALS Association, Manuel Vanegas Memorial Funds, 1275 K. St., N.W., Ste.250, Washington, DC. 20005
Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services, (805) 895-8409.