Mark Aldaco Sr.

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  • "Today would have been our 38th wedding anniversary. Today..."
    - Beverly Aldaco
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    - Patrick and Cheryl Aldaco
  • "Yesterday was a long day of reflection. We miss you all the..."
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    - Beverly Aldaco
  • "Still, so much in our hearts and everyday thoughts. Miss you"
    - Patrick and Cheryl Aldaco

Mark Aldaco Sr. Mark passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, after a lengthy illness. He was born Marcos Aldaco on March 31, 1929 in Artesia, New Mexico to Sabas and Maria Aldaco. At the age of 14, the family moved and settled in Tulare, California. From about 1943 to 1945, Mark as he was known to all his friends and family, worked for Sturgeon and Beck Auto Dealership. In 1946, Mark started amateur boxing and in 1947, he earned the title of California State Welter Weight Golden Gloves Champion, something he was very proud of and often talked about. In 1947, Mark started working for Mike Brussa, a masonry contractor from Kingsburg, California. While working for Mr. Brussa, he became very knowledgeable and talented in the masonry trade. In fact, with the help of many volunteers, Mark built the Catholic Church in Loving, New Mexico. The adobe used to build the church was made by Mark and the volunteers. In late 1947, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served until his discharge in 1948. He then returned to Tulare to resume his masonry career, working for his father until the mid-fifties. Mark and his brother Ronnie eventually established their own company, Aldaco & Aldaco, Inc. and it was during this time that he earned the reputation of being the best masonry contractor in the state of California. He built schools, shopping centers and later correctional facilities and also spent two years building at Castle Air Field. Mark was very proud of the reputation their masonry business earned. Mark took a lot of pride in being the first Mexican-American to be initiated into the Elk's Lodge. At the time, Mr. Joe Soares, a prominent, well-known Tulare attorney held the position of Exalted Ruler. One of Mark's many extra curricular activities was flying. Sometime during the mid-sixties, he obtained his pilot's license and this was something he was extremely proud of. In 1976, he married the former Beverly Chavez of Visalia. On April 28, 2013, they would have celebrated 37 years of marriage. For the last 26 ½ years they made their home in Visalia. Mark was preceded in death by his father Sabas Aldaco in 1982; his mother Maria Aldaco in 1991; a sister Micala "Mickie" Rodriguez in 1971; a daughter Aleta Christina "Christie" Aldaco in 1976; a brother Guadalupe "Lupe" Aldaco; and a son Eduardo "Eddie" Aldaco in 2011. He is survived by his wife Beverly; three daughters, Carmelita Miser of Derby, Kansas, Lisa Costa and Terry Aldaco, both of Tulare; two sons, Mark Aldaco Jr. and Patrick Aldaco and his wife Cheryl, both of Tulare; 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill "Willie" Aldaco and Ronnie Aldaco and a sister Francis Williams, all of Visalia and many nieces and nephews. To all who knew and loved Mark, he was their hero and a legend. His charismatic personality, practical joking, and zest for life will be sorely missed. He was one of the last of an era that we will never see again. Rest well Mighty Warrior. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel in Tulare. Condolences may be emailed to peerslorentzen@clearwire.net

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 28, 2013
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