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Ynez Garcia

Long time Cerritos, CA, middle school teacher, Ynez Garcia, passed away on February 7, 2018 in Wilmington, NC. Born in Ahualulco, Jalisco, Mexico on February 2, 1945, he moved with his family to California in 1947. He grew up in Pico Rivera, CA, graduating from El Rancho High School in 1962. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Whittier College in 1972. In that 10-year gap he attended San Jose State and Cerritos College, met and married the love of his life Ellie, was drafted and served 3 years in the Army during the Viet Nam War.
Ynez loved teaching middle school. During his 33 years in ABCUSD he developed many lifelong friendships with the other staff members at Tetzlaff Middle School. He also loved to golf. After retirement in 2004 he and Ellie moved to Fallbrook, CA, where they spent 9 happy years making new friends and playing golf. In 2013 they made the decision to move East to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They chose the community of Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC, just across the Cape Fear River from Wilmington. From the very beginning he became and continued to be actively involved in the men's golf association at Cape Fear National Golf Course.
Sadly, on February 7, 2018 he lost his battle with prostate cancer and lymphedema. He is survived by Ellie, his wife of almost 52 years; daughter, Patricia Barnhard (Dan); son, Paul (Nicole); and grandchildren, Joshua, Shayna, Alyssa & Sophie Barnhard, and Kadin, Elias & Gavin Garcia. He is also survived by his brothers, Philip, Gilbert & David; and sisters-in-law, Sadie, Debbie & Shirlee.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at www.LCFHospice.org/foundation Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 18, 2018
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