Manuel Lopez Caballero, age 80 of Blythe, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. He was born to Francisco and Guadalupe Caballero on July 6, 1933, in Durango, Mexico.
Manuel is survived by Brenda Jean Navarette of 35 years. He is also survived by his brother, Antonio (Esperanza) Caballero of Kennewick, Washington; son, Paul Caballero of Henderson, Nevada; son, Manuel Caballero of Blythe, California; daughter, Elizabeth (Ysidro) Ortega of Blythe, California; Son, Frank Caballero of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Mary (Richard) Rivas of La Quinta, California; daughter, Noemi (Frank) Esquibel of Indio, California; daughter, Rachel Vaca of Blythe, California; daughter, Martha (Robert) Ortega of Lake Havasu, Arizona; daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Sargent of Blythe, California; daughter, Tammi Webb of Blythe, California; son, Doug Dutton of Linda, California; daughter Caroline Dutton of Blythe, California; son, Johnny Caballero of Blythe, California; son, Francisco (Shannon) Caballero of Redlands, California; son, Jose Antonio Caballero of Blythe, California and daughter, Raquel (Matthew) Watts of Yuma, Arizona. Manuel is also predeceased by his son, David Caballero. He also leaves behind 36 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren.
Manuel was a hard worker who lost his mom at a young age and was raised by his now deceased sister, Francisca Ramos. He worked in agriculture in Mexico and when he came to the U.S. he traveled throughout the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas working in the same. After five children, Manuel moved his family to California to pursue his dream of making more money and making a better life for him and his family. He enrolled in Culinary school and started to work at various restaurants throughout Blythe. He also went on to earn his GED and got his US Citizenship.
Manuel wasn't always right, but he taught his children right from wrong and to respect themselves. He also wanted his children to know how important school was. He had a good memory and was a whiz at numbers and math, which he used to play his poker games in his spare time. In his final year of life, Manuel had started to go back to church and had recommitted his life to The Lord.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 8th from 4-6:00 pm with evening services from 6-8:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church. Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 9th at 10:00 am also at Zion Lutheran Church.