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Marcial Bernard Mota

Marcial Bernard Mota passed away September 28, 2011 at the age of 88. He was born April 9, 1923 to Severa Lopez Mota and Marcelino Mota, in Clovis, California. He was the 5th of 8 children. When he was still very young the family moved to Wilmington, California. He and his siblings attended Wilmington Park Elementary School and Banning High School, where he was active in track and field. Marcial joined the Navy during WWII where he served on the USS California. He used to box during his leisure time. He truly enjoyed serving, but his service was cut short when the USS Tennessee collided with the USS California in August of 1942. He was trapped below decks when his closest friend, "Mac" McConnell, saved his life by refusing to leave him and holding his head above water while he was cut out of the bunks. Marcial was in a body cast and in and out of naval hospitals for many months. After the war he had several jobs, including being a mailman, milkman and at U.S. Borax until Mac introduced him to Winchell's Doughnuts in 1959 when he bought his first doughnut shop. He would later become a supervisor / trainer / shop opener and eventually promoted to mountain states division manager in 1973. He retired from Winchell's in 1995, but continued making doughnuts for independent doughnut shops for sometime. Marcial loved to share his naval memories and memorabilia with friends and family. He was active in the Veteran's Administration and was also a member of the VFW Post 2967 in Wilmington. Marcial was very patriotic and loved his country. He was also active in serving in his church. Bird watching was one of Marcial's favorite things. His favorite bird was the Warrior of the Sky, the Eagle. Marcial is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; his children, Marshall, Marsha and Kathlyn; four grandchildren; two brothers, Pete Mota of Hemet and Raphael Mota of Wilmington; and many loving nieces and nephews, plus many friends, all of whom will miss him very much. Please sign the guestbook at StorkFamilyMortuary.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 13, 2011
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