MANUEL S. HINOJOS Manuel S. Hinojos, 79 years old, went to be with the Lord on August 17, 2012 in Johnstown, CO. He was born on December 24, 1932 in Victorville, CA. He was the last surviving sibling amongst his sisters; Tina Garcia, Alice Garcia, and Dolores Rodriguez. He is also preceded in death by his parents; Pedro and Tomasa Hinojos. Manuel was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. Manuel worked for Kaiser Cement Co. in Lucerne Valley, he then worked for the International Baking Co., and then retired from Zerran Hair Co. He was a member and president of the American Legion in Victorville. He also coached several teams in little league including a Farm League Team (Watkin's Chevrolet) which he took to 24/0. Manuel also sacrificed his time and financial resources in order to help his sons with their band which was called "The Younger Half". Manuel resided in Hesperia, CA up until 2007 when he moved with his wife, Colleen Hinojos, to Johnstown, CO. Manuel was known for beautifying his landscape around his home in order to make it a haven that his family could enjoy. Manuel enjoyed listening to Mariachi music and having family over to his home for menudo. He was proud of his accomplishments and his children are proud to call him Dad. Manuel was an avid football fan and would watch the Broncos and the Cowboys with his sons. Manuel has been a wonderful husband, amazing father, and blessing to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Hinojos, his four sons from his first wife; Sara Goodwin who are; Thomas Hinojos (wife: Monica) of Victorville, Manuel Hinojos (wife: Teresa) of Texas, James Hinojos (wife: Angie) of Colorado, and Peter Hinojos (wife: Annie) of Apple Valley, and one daughter; Debbie Hinojos of Riverside, and one step-daughter; Rebecca Daly of Fortuna, CA. Manuel had 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Manuel's life will be held on Friday, September 14th at 10AM at High Desert Church in Victorville, CA. Reception immediately following.
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Published in the Daily Press on Sept. 12, 2012