Nov. 19, 1925 - Feb. 26, 2013
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Enrique Castro Rojas came to the Bay Area from the Island of Guam in 1960. He was born Nov. 19, 1925 in Agana, Guam. He was a talented electrician and entrepreneur on the Island and with his loving wife, Catalina and a growing family of four children, made his way to the mainland in search of the American dream and a new frontier. He made his home in Vallejo and began working at Mare Island Naval Shipyard while his family continued to grow three more children, born in Vallejo. In the spirit and culture of his homeland, he founded the Vallejo Guam Social Club to connect with other area islanders and proudly entertained and hosted the first elected Governor of Guam, Carlos Camacho, on their first visit to Vallejo. Eagerly bringing his culture to Vallejo, he hosted many Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball teams from Guam, inspiring many with his hospitality and guidance. Enrique, the quintessential adventurer and family man, was constantly building a haven where family and friends could gather and enjoy many of the traditions he'd carried with him from Guam. Many great times were shared as he always welcomed family and friends to join them at their rustic cabin in Clearlake and eventually the Rojas Ranch in Winters, CA., for a fiesta and pig roast. He spent his days enjoying the beautiful family he created, sharing the wisdom and traditions of his island culture, as well as his experiences here in the States with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Enrique was a natural born leader who lead his family with God and love through the adventure of life.
Enrique is survived by Catalina Matanane Rojas, his wife of 65 years; daughter, Sandra (James) Wilkes; sons, Rick Jr., Daniel (Debbie), Roland (Denise), Kenny (Cathy), Carl (Cathy) and Eddie (Patty); sister, Lourdes Santos; brothers-in-law, Ignacio Matanane and Juan Matanane (Maria); 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Atoigue and Nieves Pangelinan Rojas; sisters, Maria Guerrero, Rosa Sanchez, Ana Carbullido and Concepcion Rojas, and his brother, Jose Rojas.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, at Twin Chapels Mortuary. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at St. Dominic's Church, 475 East I St., Benicia, followed by burial in All Souls Cemetery. Visitation will be at Twin Chapels Mortuary after 1 p.m., Monday. Family prefers donations to Vallejo Kaiser Hospice program. Please visit the online tribute at www.twinchapelsmortuary.com.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Mar. 1, 2013