Rosalio Bañales
1954 - 2021

September 4, 1954 - July 4, 2021

Rosalio Bañales passed away on July 4th 2021. He was born on Sept 4th 1954, in Los Angeles, CA. Rose was the second of fourteen children born to Carlos and Mary Bañales. His parents moved their growing family to Bakersfield in 1960. He was always a standout student. In elementary school, Rosalio would often be excused from class, to play chess with the principal. While growing up, he would work at his grandparents grocery store "La Alegria" (and later at his parents store "Bañales and Sons"). Rose graduated from Garces High School in 1972. He later attended Bakersfield Community College and Cal State University Bakersfield.

Rosalio was passionate about social issues. He was heavily involved, in the local effort of the "Campaign for Economic Democracy" (and many other projects important to him). Rose worked most of his adult life for the State of California. He worked early on at the "Department of Rehabilitation". Rosalio later worked for the "Department of Fair Employment and Housing" (where he eventually retired). Rose married Linda Kay Presley in 1983, and she remained by his side until his passing.

Rose was a beloved patriarch and loved being surrounded by his family. Rosalio was not afraid to stand up for things he believed in deeply. He always worked to improve the lives of others around him. Rose spent his life seeking out the kind of work, that helped people in need. He was an avid reader in his leisure time and in his younger years was a passionate bicyclist.

Rosalio was preceded in death by his parents Carlos and Mary Bañales, his brothers Carlos Federico Bañales and Alejandro Bañales, daughter Brentina French and niece Leilanie Cowan.

Rose is survived by his loving wife Linda Kay Presley Bañales, his children Moria Romero (Nathan) and Nick Krause (Heather), his siblings Rebecca Slight, Miguel Baales, Raquel Valenzuela, Jose Carlos Bañales, John Bañales, Pablo Bañales, Mary Fimbres, Guadalupe Felix, Elizabeth Bañales, Jose Luis Bañales and Annie Rivera, his grandchildren Steven French (Chelsey), Breanna French, Jacqueline Flores, Juliana Flores, Caden Krause, Mason Krause and Logan McBride. Rosalio is also survived by many loving In-laws, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

Services will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery at 3700 River Blvd. Bakersfield on Friday July 23rd 2021 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Bakersfield Burrito Project to help feed the homeless. Mailing address: 930 Truxtun Ave, Suite 110 Bakersfield, CA 93301.
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Published by Bakersfield Californian on Jul. 21, 2021.
Greenlawn Cemetery
3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, CA
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My condolences to the family. I used to work with Rosalio at DFEH back in the early 80´s. I have fond memories of working and socializing with him and the rest of the team. His positive attitude and contagious laugh is what I remember the most. May he Rest In Peace.
Rosalie Jimenez
July 26, 2021
So sorry for your loss but in your time of need remember to think of something special & he'll with you. May all of you be watched over as so many people are surrounding you & your families during this difficult path.
Pat Verdugo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
July 22, 2021
Leo (that's what we called him in high school) was always the kindest, sweetest person. He sat right in front of me in homeroom for 4 years and he had a heart of gold.
Dr. Janet Castaños
July 21, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Banales family.
Robert, Linda Guerra & Family
July 21, 2021
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