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1984 - 2012 Obituary Condolences

Mitchell Aaron Padula was swept off of Feather Falls and into his mother's arms April 22, 2012. Mitch was born on April 6, 1984 in Chico, CA to Cindee Calzoni Padula and William Anthony Padula Jr. Cindee lost her battle with cancer 4 years ago.

Please join the family for a celebration of Mitch's life on June 28, 2012 at the Chico Women's Club, 392 East 3rd St. between 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Mitch attended Chico Junior High, graduated from Pleasant Valley High School, and attended Butte College. He was majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Manufacturing at CSU, Chico at the time of his death. Mechanical Engineering professor, Jimmy Tan-atichat, Mitch's adviser, said of him, "He was very conscientious about coming in to advising, always willing to help others, and put others before himself. He was someone who people really liked."

Mitch's dedication to his studies was balanced by his commitment to the community and his devotion to the Giants and the 49ers. Mitch was a member of the Chico Breakfast Lions Club and officiated local high school softball and basketball. As a high school basketball official he worked five section championships and five state championships; however, Mitch looked forward to his annual refereeing of the Special Olympics most of all. His work with senior softball provided Mitch with a bonus family who dearly loved their ump.

Mitch is survived by many close family and friends, including his father, William "Zeke" Padula, and brother, Michael William Padula of Chico; grandmothers, Gloria McIntyre and Adela Padula of Dunsmuir, a multitude of very close aunts, uncles, and cousins, including most precious cousins, Mandy Leahy and Casey Payton.

Mitch's last Facebook posting is a testament to how he lived his life, and what he wished for in this world, "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you". His friends report that Mitch was a loving friend who was always quick with an encouraging word. It was a priority of Mitch's to keep in touch with his friends and they love him for his huge forgiving heart, for his willingness to go out of his way to be helpful, but especially for the way he could make them laugh when things were tough.

His family finds comfort by the vision of Mitch using his engineering skills to help his mom build a playground for Heaven's children. He will be missed intensely and forever.

Gifts may be made to the Mitchell A. Padula Memorial Scholarship Fund at CSUC, in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

You may view and send condolences to Mitch's family online at NBCFH.COM.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from June 24 to June 26, 2012
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