OBITUARY

Simon Rosales

October 28, 1959December 30, 2020
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On December 30, 2020, Simon Rosales, loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 61, in Fresno, California.

Simon was born on October 28, 1959, in Raymondville, Texas to Florencio and Sabina Rosales. His family moved to California at the age of 3 and he was raised in Huron with his brother and sister, Albert and Margaret. He graduated from Coalinga High School in 1977 and then attended the University of California-Berkeley and Sacramento State, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Simon’s family was so proud of him attending university and earning his degree.

Upon graduating, he returned home and settled in Fresno, California. He built his first home in 1992, and what was so funny is that when he put it for sale 9 years later, it sold on the first day without even putting up the “For Sale” sign because the house looked as brand new as the day it was built. He hardly ever lived in it, because he loved his family so much that most of his time was spent at his parent’s or sister’s home. He had such a close bond with his sister and brother - they considered each other their best friends and have always remained close and involved in each other's lives. He deeply cared for his parents and always made sure they were taken care of. His three nephews considered him a role model and one of the most influential figures in their lives, and especially appreciated the emphasis he always placed on education. He was always there for his parents, siblings, niece and nephews and provided them with support, guidance, and unconditional love.

On October 29, 2000, he married his love, Heather Everard, in South Lake Tahoe. They met at work when she was hired in the area he worked, AUR. Simon was so shy that Heather had to pursue him, but she knew he was special and a gentleman, and he became her whole world. To her he was simply “Honey.” They bonded over a deep love of family and similar interests. They recently celebrated their twenty-year anniversary, and they had a very loving and happy married life. Beyond their sports rivalry - he being a SF Giants fan and Heather’s love for the LA Dodgers, their love and devotion to their family was unparalleled. Anyone that knew Simon, knew that his biggest accomplishment was his family. His beautiful daughters, Lauren (16) and Ava (13), were his world and he took great pride in doing anything that would make them happy, such as buying their back-to-school supplies and organizing their backpacks before the first day of school or taking them out to buy sports equipment for water polo, cross country, or soccer. He was at every school event, drove them around to friends’ houses, painted their nails when they were little, helped them with their homework or fixed their electronic devices. He would always ask them about school and loved to listen to the “school gossip” they would divulge. It was Simon who would rush out to wait in long lines to purchase the next great “must-have” item for the girls and he looked forward to the day when they would graduate and go to college as he did. They will remember him for the deep love of his family and for always helping and encouraging them to work hard to get a good education and for ensuring they were safe and happy.

Simon began working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1984, where he worked for 36 years. He was a Tax Examiner, Work Leader, Manager, and most recently served as a Systems Analyst for the Wage & Investment Division. He will be remembered as a wonderful co-worker and friend who enriched so many people with his kindness, patience, and consideration for others. He was also lovingly referred to as “the machine” because of his intelligence and intuitiveness and for knowing tax law, his job, and the computer system and programs so well.

Simon was always the “go-to” person. He always knew what to do, the best product to buy, the most reputable people to use and how to fix any electronic device. He was always there for his family and for helping others in need. He enjoyed weekend BBQ’s, birthday parties and holidays with his family. Just seeing his family happy made him happy. He rarely purchased things for himself but always gave to others and was happy to do so.

He loved traveling and planning for his vacations. He would plan the itinerary from top to bottom so he ensured his family had the best vacation. He loved going on cruises and enjoyed the cocktails he could drink. He loved Hawaii, going to Mexico to visit family, and traveling to San Francisco to see all his cousins that he adored. He was so proud of what each cousin accomplished in life and loved to speak of all the vacations he would spend with them each year as a child. He enjoyed attending his nephews high school football games, as well as professional baseball and college football games. He loved food and would say you could put anything in a taco, and it would be delicious. He also had a soft spot for his many pets, especially his beloved Pugs. There wasn’t anything he would not do for his dogs, bird, fish, guinea pig and rabbit. He was always giving the animals treats because he said, “it made them happy.”

Simon was an extraordinary man, a “once in a lifetime individual” that you do not come across very often. He lived a normal life but left a mark on all that knew him. His sweet, loving, and gentle spirit will live on in all that knew him, and we are better people for knowing him.

He is survived by his wife, Heather and daughters, Lauren and Ava Rosales; Father and Mother, Florencio and Sabina Rosales; Brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Celia Rosales; Sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Jim Irwin; Niece, Brenda Rosales, partner and son Raul and Diego Leon; Nephew, Albert Rosales and wife Faith; Nephew, Clayton Irwin, wife and children Priscila, Jameson, and Jentzen; Nephew, Paul Irwin, wife and children Haley, Maizie, and Daxton; and many cousins close to his heart.

He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Maureen and Gordon Everard.

Those wishing to share a memory may do so at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/fresno-ca/simon-rosales-9981549. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given at https://mealtrain.com/849m5n.

A live stream of the funeral service will be available on Saturday, January 16th, at 1pm.

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Lajeana Shoffner

January 8, 2021

Simon was a wonderful husband and father. He loved his family with all his heart and soul. Heather, you and the girls are blessed to have all the wonderful memories with him. Lauren and Ava your father loved you more than anything in this world. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God hold your breaking hearts and comfort you. I love you and will always be here for you and your family!

Beverly Murphy

January 6, 2021

I am at a loss. The world has lost a great man. Simon loved his family, his work, his friends, the 49ers and he loved life! He was so smart, loving and devoted. He enriched so many people with his kindness and patience! I am a better person knowing him and being his friend for many years...thank you Simon! Prayers to his wife, daughters and family 😪

Maribel Martinez

January 5, 2021

Simon was my first manager when I started AUR. Learned alot from him. Good memories of him kicking back in the unit joking with all of us. Meeting his wife Heather. Being apart of celebrations for their first child. He had such a smile when he talked about his family. He was a respected man. He will be missed. My condolences and prayers🙏 go out to his family.

Jean Kelley

January 5, 2021

I just want to express my deepest condolences to Simon's family. I worked with him at the IRS for many years and he was such a wonderful guy. He was always friendly and helpful. I can't imagine a world without him. Clearly God needed another angel. May he rest in peace and my prayers to his family.

Jenny Riffle

January 5, 2021

Simon was my first manager in AUR when I started in 2002. Since he knew the job well he helped me a lot through my first years. I also remember the joy when they brought their first daughter home. Right before I retired I would see him almost every morning on our way into the building and he would say hi. My condolences to the family.

Teresa Canady

January 5, 2021

My Condolences to you and your family, Simon was my supervisor with IRS for 4-5 years, he was the most kind and patient supervisor I have ever had in the 20 years with the service. He helped me through the roughest time of my life losing my mother in 2008 and I will always be grateful and thankful to him. Simon will always be a blessed memory to me and his family will always be in my prayers.

Trini Quintero

January 5, 2021

I have many fond memories of working with, and along side, Simon. He was an extremely knowledgeable and genuinely caring and considerate man. He had a serious demeanor, yet could enjoy a good joke. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.. please accept my heartfelt condolences..
May God Bless you & see you through this difficult time..

Andrea Bravo

January 5, 2021

Heather, I am thinking of you and the girls, sending love and light. My condolences.

Angela Lopez

January 5, 2021

My Condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Simon and I worked together for many years and he taught me over the years many issues I had with Excel. He was a very patient and compassionate person. I am truly going to miss him. We often spoke about our families and he was very proud of his daughters. Prayers for the family 🙏🏽

Silvia Johnson

January 5, 2021

My deepest condolences Heather. May God grant you and your family strength and comfort.

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