Miguel was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico to Enrique H. Ortiz, Sr. and Petra Bejarano Ortiz on August 18, 1958. Miguel lived in Mexicali for 8 years before immigrating with his parents and siblings to the United States. Upon immigrating, his family relocated to Calexico, California where he attended Dool Elementary School. In 1971, Miguel and his family relocated to Heber, California where he attended Heber Elementary School. In 1977, he graduated from Central Union High School where he met his high school sweetheart, Esperanza Cervantes de Ortiz. In 1976, they were married and in 2020, they celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Miguel worked for Ben Abatti Farms, Holy Sugar, and for the past 24 years, as a Zanjero for the Imperial Irrigation District's Water Department. Miguel enjoyed spending time with his family, being a connoisseur of new restaurants, and delighting his family with his famous menudo, ceviche, and many more Mexican dishes. Miguel's sense of humor was one of a kind and he found great joy in telling jokes and humorous stories. Without a doubt, Miguel was extremely respectful, caring, responsible, a hard-worker, and went above and beyond for his family. Miguel was preceded in death by his father, Enrique H. Ortiz Sr.; mother, Petra Bejarano Ortiz and brother, Arturo Ybarra. Miguel is survived by his wife, Esperanza; sons, Miguel Jr. and Jonathan; daughter, Alejandra; son-in-law, John Weaver; grandson, Miguel III; great-granddaughter, Leah Rose; brother, Enrique Jr., and sister-in-law Betsy Flores Ortiz; brother, Jose Ortiz; sister, Bertha O. Diaz and brother-in-law Octavio Diaz; sister, Lorena Ortiz and brother-in-law Luis Gutierrez; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Frye Chapel Mortuary, 799 S Brawley Ave, Brawley, CA with Celebration of Life speech being said at 7 p.m. Service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 153 E. Brighton Ave, El Centro, CA. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 201 E. Gillett St, El Centro, CA
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Feb. 28, 2021.