Marcelino Gaitan Sr.
April 20, 1931 – June 7, 2018
Marcelino Gaitan Sr., age 87, passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side on June 7, 2018. He was born on April 20, 1931 in Eagle Lake, Texas. He is preceded by his parents, Gonzalo & Romana Gaitan and his two brothers Norberto & Epifanio Gaitan & his two sisters Gavina Zambrano & Connie Garcia & his brother-in-law Ruben Garcia. His uncle Daniel Cumpian & his dear nephew Jimmy Zambrano. Marcelino was preceded in death by his loving wife Angelita Gaitan of 30 years who passed away in 1984 & his daughter Mary Gaitan at a very young age.
He is survived by his five children Margie Dominguez, Gonzalo Gaitan, Marta Gaitan, Marcelino Jr. Gaitan and Cynthia Gaitan and 7 grandchildren, Armando, Joey John, Cristina Emily, Anthony, Mercedez Rae Garcia, Leland Thomas Miller & Aidan James Miller. 13 great grandchildren, Alex, Stephan, Jayden, Emma, Gavin, Christina, Carlos, Jessica & Jonathan, Serena Angelic, Anthony Daniel, Katie Love & Christoper Derek. He is survived by his two sisters Anita Morales & Carmen Sustaita. He is also survived by his wife Macaria Gaitan and their extended family and many relatives and friends.
Marcelino Sr. was a very strong man & hard worker, he was a professional landscaper & tree trimmer by trade, he had no fear climbing the tallest trees, he very much enjoyed nature, being outdoors tending to his garden & flowers. In his younger life, he enjoyed boxing, hunting, fishing, & collecting cars. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling and loved watching his favorite baseball team the Dodgers. He took pride in wearing his Dodger cap & his black Stetson trademark fedora hat, he enjoyed music of all sorts, was always the first to dance at a party or wedding and would even dance by himself. He love to hum and sing while working, driving or at any time singing his favorite song “Indita mia”. But most of all he enjoyed being a great father & having a good time with his family. Marcelino Sr. was a humble & kind man, friendly, happy, genuine, calm, quick to laugh & give sound advice to any who asked. He could always be depended on to smile & even wave at people that he did not know. He was also known as “Marcelino Pan y Vino” & “The most Interesting Man in the World”. He was held in high esteem by those who knew him and was regarded with tremendous love and respect. In a beautiful way he deeply touched the lives of those he encountered. The last six years he was battling Alzheimer’s. During that time his daughter Cindy, Marcelino Jr., & Marta took him in & cared for him. Although, it was hard at times. He knew he could count on his kids to be with him to the end. He lived a long & truly blessed life. He leaves behind a long loving legacy of being an incredible son, a loving husband & father, a sweet grandfather & great grand father, a wonderful brother, a kind uncle & a super best friend. All will miss him dearly.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the memorial services on Friday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. The funeral home will be Acheson & Graham, 7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary
7944 Magnolia Ave
Marcelino Gaitan Sr.
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June 23, 2018
I'm gonna miss that smile so much Grandpa. I hope I can live up to the family name and strive to be that man you taught me to be. Give Grandma a hug and kiss for me. Love you Grandpa.
June 19, 2018
My parents so young. This picture was their one year anniversary! ❤️