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Sandoval Sr, Orlando Alan Kumeyaay Native, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Tribal Councilman and Loving Friend SYCUAN -- Orlando Alan Sandoval, Sr, Sycuan tribal member and councilman, passed away on July 6, 2014. He was 45 years old. ~~~ "I love you dad because you would always make me happy. You have always been there for me and never would say no. I love you," expressed his youngest son, Cesar. ~~~~ His daughter, Alanna shared: "My dad was a family man. He loved getting everyone together for BBQ's. He would get the biggest kick out of his granddaughter 'Lulu' and call her 'sparkplug' because she is so hyper. I'll miss his wit and humor the most. He was a strong man with the biggest heart. You got called home too soon dad. I love you and know you are looking down on us." ~~~~~ His daughter, Amber had this to share: "Dad you truly are the most amazing man I've ever known. You are my heart, my hero, my father. You have been the glue to my life and our family. You lived life to the fullest. You constantly laughed in the face of danger and showed no man fear. You were there for our family and whoever was in need of help. You always stayed truthful to yourself and others and made sure no one left your presence without letting them know how you feel. I couldn't be more proud to know you are my father and I am your daughter. You have made such an impact not only on my life but every person you touched. I am so thankful to have you as my daddy and my child's grandfather. I will forever hold you close to my heart." ~~~~~~ "The Sycuan Tribe has lost a good man with the passing of Orlando Sandoval," said tribal chairman Daniel Tucker. "Orlando was a dedicated family man who was fully committed to the well being of all tribal members and the continued success of all tribal departments as well as the casino and related enterprises. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. ~~~~~~ Orlando cared deeply about the improvement of services and technology at the Sycuan Medical and Dental Clinic. "Mr. Sandoval championed the clinic and helped the clinic achieve state of the art technology purchases with medical and dental digital X-Ray systems. He would visit the clinic and asked what he can do to help the clinic and to him no request was out of reach," said Sal Falco, director of the Sycuan Medical and Dental Clinic. "He will be forever remembered by our staff for his happy- go-lucky personality." ~~~~~~~ Orlando was born March 3, 1969, at Grossmont Hospital. He attended Dehesa Elementary and Valhalla High Schools. He began work for the tribe as a volunteer firefighter as a young teenager; and then in the count room of the casino at age 18. He was elected to the Sycuan Tribal Council in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. He is survived by brothers, Raymond and Joe; children, Orlando, Jr., Alanna, Amber, Dominic, and Cesar; and grandchildren, Orlando III, Pepisis, Jada, Jayden, Nikosis, and Aiyanna; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandmother; and Sycuan tribal elder, Ada Prietto; his mother, former councilwoman, chairwoman and tribal elder, Anna Prietto Sandoval; sisters, Marquette Riveras and Cheryl Riveras- Haywood; and father, Jose Felix Sandoval. A traditional Kumeyaay clothes burning will be held at dusk on July 9, 2014 on the Sycuan Reservation. An all-night wake will take place at 7:00 p.m. on July 11, 2014 with the Mass and burial at 10a.m. on Saturday, July 12 at the Sycuan Cemetery, followed by a gathering at the Sycuan Tribal Hall. BOO-YA!

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on July 9, 2014
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