OBITUARY

Salvador John Sanchez Sr. "Don Chava"

July 21, 1929January 7, 2021
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Born and raised in Merced, CA., Sal met with our Lord on January 7, 2021.

Sal spent the majority of his life in Merced CA. and graduated from Merced High School in 1948.

Sal was a roofer by trade for over 40 years.

After his marriage to his wife of 69 years, Lupe, they moved to Fresno, where they lived for 30 yrs. After retirement they moved back to Merced and stayed for 25 yrs. They returned to Fresno 3 years ago.

Sal gave back to his beloved Merced through Social Clubs as they were called, YMI, Club Mercedes, and Elks Club. Sal also donated to the Merced County 4H and FFA. The Deep Pit on the Sanchez property was often smelling of something wonderful cooking.

Most important to Sal was his faith and family.

Sal was proceeded in death by his parents John and Marcella, sisters Gloria and Della and his son John.

Sal is survived by his wife Lupe, daughters Debbie (Dave), Carina, Bernie (Billy), son Sonny (Joanne), brother Retired USAF Col. John Sanchez, 8 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A funeral mass for Sal will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2140 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93703. Funeral Mass is limited to 150 attendees.

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

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Salvador John Sanchez Sr. "Don Chava"

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LISA Monroe

January 22, 2021

I will never forget all of the weddings, graduation, birthday,and anniversary parties the Sanchez family were always hosting. They know how to have a great time. Great memories and so grateful for all the wonderful fun times that my family were included in when growing up. Bernie was my first friend when we moved to Fresno at the age of 4 years old. I'll never forget at Carina's wedding when Mr. Sanchez called me out to the dance floor at the reception for the first dance and I thought I was going to die and turned every shade of red. But I had a great time and memory of what a fun dad and great dancer too. I also caught the bouquet that night and had a great time as usual when attending any party thrown by the Sanchez family. I will forever remember his deep voice and his tall presence and when I was younger he would always say " HELLO LITTLE GIRL" in that deep voice . Always making me grin. Sending you hugs, love
and kisses to the entire family and wishing I was there. On behalf of the Garza family our deepest condolences.

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