Hilario R. Morales

April 11, 1928January 8, 2019

Hilario R. Morales, age 90, of Firebaugh, California passed away on Tuesday January 8, 2019. Hilario was born April 11, 1928 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Mr. Morales was an agricultural worker for 50 years.

Hilario lived his entire life passionate about cultivating the land. After retirement, he focused on tending to his animals and providing for his family. He was extremely sociable with a huge smile and a contagious laugh that brought joy to everyone he met. Hilario always demonstrated humility and unselfishness. He took joy in working hard every day of his life and continues to make his family proud beyond his final moments.

Hilario is survived by his wife, Maria C. Morales; son John Morales; daughter Sally Rillo; daughter Cristina Hernandez; daughter Elvida Moya; daughter Minnie Arroyo; son Rick Morales; and son Bobby Morales.

Hilario was preceded in death by; son Larry Morales and daughter Angelita Morales.

A Visitation for Hilario will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 484 Quince St, Mendota, CA 93640.

A Rosary Service will occur Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

A Funeral Service will occur Thursday, January 17, 2019 beginning at 11:00 A.M. location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

A Committal Service will occur Thursday, January 17, 2019 immediately following the Funeral Service at Fresno Memorial Gardens, 175 S. Cornelia Avenue Fresno, California 93706.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Morales family.


  • Maria C. Morales, Wife
  • John Morales, Son
  • Sally Rillo, Daughter
  • Cristina Hernandez, Daughter
  • Elvida Moya, Daughter
  • Minnie Arroyo, Daughter
  • Rick Morales, Son
  • Bobby Morales, Son
  • Larry Morales (Preceded in Death), Son
  • Angelita Morales (Preceded in Death), Daughter

  • John Morales Jr.
  • Adam Cruz
  • Christopher Hernandez
  • Andrew Morales
  • Javier Arroyo
  • Larry Morales III
  • Larry Morales, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nickolas Hernandez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jorge Arroyo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shorty Rillo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Issac Morales, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steven Morales, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ryan Farias, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Espinoza, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Farias, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Hernandez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeremiah Ramirez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Javi Arroyo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ian Arroyo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joseph Morales , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Erik Morales , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Isaac Farias, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Rosary Service Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hilario R. Morales

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Jenny Ramos

January 17, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and the Morales Family. Sending Prayers of comfort, peace and hugs during this difficult time of your beloved Hilario R. Morales. Forever In Our Hearts ❤

Jenny Ramos & family

Christopher Hernandez

January 14, 2019

Otilia Morales

January 13, 2019

Otilia Morales

January 13, 2019

We Love You so much grandpa. Thank you for everything.

Yolanda Montejano

January 12, 2019

Sabrina Espinoza

January 12, 2019

Holding on to the great memories of visiting with dad and all of us squeezing into the back room. Waking up to fresh eggs and running around with the chickens those chickens used to scare me. You said Mija there just chickens. Lol. You are so loved grampa Nd will always be missed.



Three words that sum up the life of Hilario: Family, Faith, Hard Work

First and foremost, our family would like to thank everyone, for all the support and love that has been given to us. We believe that these are blessings from Hilario’s generosity and selflessness. Please feel free to take a moment when you speak with us to share your stories and help relive some wonderful memories.

We are here together today united by the love and admiration of one strong and hardworking person. A remarkable man who gave without expectation and had solid faith that pre-meramente “diosito” would always provide.

He cherished the company of anyone he encountered as if they were family. Hilario Ramos Morales was born April 11, 1928 in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato Mexico and life for him there was not simple. Orphaned at a young age and raised by relatives he made his way to the United States immigrating at the age of 12. His childhood experiences were greatly impactful and shaped how he would touch the lives of others. He did not want anyone to feel as if they did not have family and always provided for his household.

The person in our family who loved Hilario first was Maria Cantu Morales. She and Hilario wed November 5, 1950 in Edenburg Texas. He is survived by:

John Morales-Otillia (spouse) Sally Rillo-Steve (spouse)

Cristina Hernandez-Michael (spouse) Elvida Moya-Robert (spouse)

Minnie Arroyo Rick Morales

Bobby Morales Preceded in death Angelita Morales & Larry Morales

This man created his own legacy. He shall never be forgotten as his family is 96 members strong and growing, we will cherish each of our experiences with him as he loved us each individually. He had a way of letting you know that you were a part of him. When he spoke of anyone in his family you were not referred to as just your name but for example it would lovingly be “mi Andrew or mi Bobby”. He had love for each any every one of us and even left space for love for the community.

He never met a stranger he didn’t like and would strike up a conversation anywhere he went. It often took hours to return home from the grocery store because he would stop and talk to an old companion or a new friend he just made. Hilario was the type of person to pull over for someone with a flat tire or pick a hitchhiker because he wanted to lend a hand and figured that perhaps one day, he might need the help as well.

He would often tell stories of days gone by when he worked in the fields of the Central Valley for employers such as NewHall Ranch and Enrico Farms and being such a devoted, hard worker, he became a foreman and leader in his roles. His children recall when on vacation the family would pile up the family vehicle and work in the fields all around California working with many different crops such as picking, prunes, cucumbers on the Central Coast.

As grandchildren we couldn’t wait until he would home from work, someone would spot him driving in on highway 33 and yell “grandpa’s here” we would scream with delight and take off running to greet him. One of two things would happen, He would wait at the top of the driveway the grandkids would pile into the back of the truck and he would put it in reverse until the end of the drive, it was only a short distance but it mean so much to us OR the first one to the truck would get in bring his lunch pail and it would feel like you won a trophy. I can still envision opening to pail feeling the heat of the plastic and seeing a ½ eaten jalapeño and leftover burrito in wax paper

Courage: He was not bound by his age he taught us that it was never to late to learn and if you make a mistake you don’t give up. He might say cascaras cascaras, but he would try again. He continued to work daily on his acre of land in Firebaugh for which he was a resident over 60 years. He studied hard and became US Citizen (April 1995) at the age of 67 and was a currently enrolled student English as a Second Language. When we would ask if he learned anything at school he would reply “no, the teacher gave too much homework”. He was always a great problem solver so he would burn the homework in a fire in the back yard. He did enjoy visiting with classmates and the amazing potlucks as he would come home speaking about how good the papusas were.

His hobbies were actually both for pleasure and a way of life. gardening, tending to his animals (cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigeons, geese, doves, rabbits, cats, dogs-many many dogs named Fido and Blackie, each generation was able to enjoy feeding and caring for the animals.

He was strong in faith as a devout Catholic did not miss a Sunday Mass and volunteered to assist with duties of the church. He spoke the truth even when it hurt.

Hilario may not have stood more than five feet tall but he cast a shadow of a giant with this kindness and generosity. He would give you the last of the money in his wallet and provide roof over your head.

A few hours after his passing the family was notified that he would be a successful organ donor. Through his kindness over 50 wildfire burn victims will be assisted. That is the man you see before you. Some one who gave beyond his final day.

We love you, we always have and always will. You made us proud without even trying we will work hard. Until we meet again.