OBITUARY

Nicolas Swartz Medina

December 26, 1928October 4, 2020
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Nicolas Swartz Medina, age 91, of Jurupa Valley, California passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Nicolas was born December 26, 1928 in New Mexico. Nick was a proud veteran of the Army-Air Corps and proud Dodger fan.

Nicolas is survived by his five children Camila, Viola, Nicolas, Natalie, and Gina. Sisters Jenny Nievar, Viola Grijalbra and brother Robert Medina. Nick is also survived by his eight grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren He was loved deeply by all of us and will be dearly missed.

His life was full and filled with adventures. He served as a member of the Army-Air Corps, as an MP in the Philippines, in the WWII era, traveled central California with his brother picking crops, survived a mine cave in in New Mexico, raised livestock and probably experienced other adventures we never knew about. After the leaving the military he moved to California leaving New Mexico where he was born. In Los Angeles he married and began raising his family where the family made their home prior to moving to Chino in 1968. Nicolas became involved in Chino politics, was a member of the city planning commission, and ran for mayor once. He spent a few years involved in MAPA and various other community organizations. He had his own air conditioning and refrigeration business in Chino for many years. Ironically, his son Nicolas, son in-laws David and Thomas and grandsons, Nathan and Thomas (TJ) also currently have careers in the air conditioning and refrigeration fields.

Nicolas enjoyed camping in Yosemite, watching the LA Dodgers & LA Rams, making carnitas over an open fire, making tamales during the holidays with New Mexico red chile. The most enjoyable part of his life although was the time he spent with his family.

A visitation for Nicolas will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Funeraria Del Angel Chino, 13002 South Central Ave, Chino, CA. A committal service will occur Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Funerariadelangelchino.com for the Medina family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Committal

    Monday, October 26, 2020

Memories

Nicolas Swartz Medina

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Dolores Cervantes Beltran

October 19, 2020

My mother (Florence Duran Cervantes) And Nick were cousins. Nick’s life would intersect with ours throughout the years, always a joy when he would visit. I remember him as the keeper of family stories about life in New Mexico. My mother had a soft spot in her heart for Nick. They shared great memories of growing up and the time she spent living with the Medinas in New Mexico when she was a teenager. He was a kind, fun loving, charming man. Rest in peace, ‘manito !

Amber Mitchell

October 16, 2020

My grandpas smile and the way he laughed so big and loud at family gatherings will always stay with me. Picturing him at the big carnitas fire in the back yard ♥️ When you asked
Him if he wanted pictures he said... “yes an 8x10” anything smaller was not enough he loved pictures of his family.

Jennifer McDonough

October 16, 2020

My Bompa! It’s hard to pick just one awesome memory, we had so many. Good and bad. There’s the “big wheel incident”. How about when he almost left me at a gas station in New Mexico, which was also when I got the nickname “Jenn ifers”! But my favorite is when he took one of the hardest times in my life and made it one of the most awesome memories. We went to Washington state to pick up my 3 oldest kids. We flew in and the only car available was a convertible. Unfortunately the kids weren’t there. So being who he is my Bompa says “well I guess it’s you n me”. We drove the Pacific Coast Hwy with the top down all the way to my moms in Marin Co. I learned a lot about him on that drive. Bompa told me stories and recipes the whole way. We even drove through the tree in Northern CA. He was one of my best friends... forever and always! Go Dodgers! ♥️

David MCDONOUGH

October 16, 2020

The world has lost one of the good ones. Nick Medina was first and foremost a family man. He loved his family and his country. He understood the value of being of service to others. This was shown through his years in public office in Chino. He is still known and respected in these circles. Nick so loved his country that he "stretched the truth" about his age to enlist in the Army. Nick led by example as he served his country starting at the age of 17. He was a military police officer during the Korean War. He told me the best part of that assignment was the Harley Davidson he got to ride. He told me if he had it to do again he would have enlisted as a chef. Once i asked him what he could tell me with all his years of wisdom. He looked at me and sighed. He said "don't sweat the small stuff. it's all small stuff". Nick always made you smile. He would look at you with those big all knowing eyes that seemed to always make everything a little bit better. Nick was always there when you needed him. He was such a genuinely good guy that he was always welcome at family gatherings whether it was his family or not. Nick was someone that it just was just fun to be around. Nick loved Yosemite. He was always the first one up when camping even at 90 years old. Nick woke the whole campground up singing his silly song but somehow the other campers just smiled and joined him. That was just the way he was. He made friends. He spoke his mind. He was one of the best men i ever knew. Nick was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, brother, friend to many and mentor to many more. Thank you Nick for everything and thank you God for giving him to us for as long as we had him in our lives. It was an honor to know him and he will be missed by all of us.

Lorenzo Dominguez

October 13, 2020

Primo, you will be missed. Remembering fun times in NM before coming to CA. You helping me cut wood and you almost passed out. The family get togethers. You and Martha can watch over us. God be with you.

Kay Anderson

October 8, 2020

So many good memories of your Dad helping the kids, enjoying the family events, providing guidance, enjoying life in general, with a quiet faith in The Man Upstairs. God comfort you all in your loss.

Biography

Nicolas is survived by his five children Camila, Viola, Nicolas, Natalie, and Gina. Sisters Jenny Nievar, Viola Grijalbra and brother Robert Medina. Nick is also survived by his eight grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren He was loved deeply by all of us and will be dearly missed.

His life was full and filled with adventures. He served as a member of the Army-Air Corps, as an MP in the Philippines, in the WWII era, traveled central California with his brother picking crops, survived a mine cave in in New Mexico, raised livestock and probably experienced other adventures we never knew about.

After the leaving the military he moved to California leaving New Mexico where he was born. In Los Angeles he married and began raising his family where the family made their home prior to moving to Chino in 1968. Nicolas became involved in Chino politics, was a member of the city planning commission, and ran for mayor once. He spent a few years involved in MAPA and various other community organizations. He had his own air conditioning and refrigeration business in Chino for many years. Ironically, his son Nicolas, son in-laws David and Thomas and grandsons, Nathan and Thomas (TJ) also currently have careers in the air conditioning and refrigeration fields.

Nicolas enjoyed camping in Yosemite, watching the LA Dodgers & LA Rams, making carnitas over an open fire, making tamales during the holidays with New Mexico red chile.

The most enjoyable part of his life although was the time he spent with his family.

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