Narcico Avila SanchezMarch 18, 1953 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 64)
Our Heavenly Father called our earthly Father, Narcico A. Sanchez home on June 8th, 2017. Narcico was born on March 18, 1953 in Merced, California to parents, Donicio and Aurora Sanchez. Narcico grew up with 14 siblings, five of whom passed-on early in life. He remained with five brothers; Zacharius, Sixto, Santiago, Jesus, Gustavo and four sisters Enedina, Gloria, Margaret and Veronica.
When Narcico was in elementary school, he met his soulmate Rosa Marie Regalado one day when she was attempting to pick an apple from an apple tree. Being the honorable young man he was, he responded by climbing the tree and handed it to her. Rosa quickly stuck her tongue out at him and ran away. It was then, he knew he would marry her and in 1973 they became husband and wife. In 1974 they had their first daughter Stephanie, that same year, they were blessed to have another daughter named Diana who soon after birth went on to heaven. Two years later in 1976 they had their third amazing daughter Lisa and in 1978 God fulfilled His promise by giving Narcico and Rosa their last child.. a son named Chris. As his children grew and got married, he also gained three additional family members. His sons Frankie Manzo, Kenny Ya and his daughter Valerie Sanchez.
Just before marrying Rosa, Narcico enlisted in the Army and served his country honorably in the Military during the Vietnam War. Narcico was a devoted man to his family before himself. He worked for B.A.C Pritchard for twenty years before the company shut-down. Without a wink he traveled to Arizona and enrolled in the Universal Technical Institute of Phoenix. During the same period, he remained working odd jobs to support his family in California. Soon after, with his hard work and dedication he received his Associated Degree in Applied Science. Immediately he returned home and used his Degree to obtain a position with H&H Appliance. After five years he began a new position with greater opportunities at Foster Farms.
Narcico was a chef at heart, his favorite dishes to cook his family were lasagna and fried catfish. Throughout his life, he had a cascade of classical cars. He was an avid Trekkie and owned many Star-Trek toys. He also loved watching western movies and on the top of his list was The Magnificent Seven. His dream came true when Star-Trek came out in theaters the first time in 1979. He also became a Star Wars Fanatic at first sight and enjoyed watching every episode. Although he was a fan of most movies, the best time in his life was spent loving and caring for his wife while teaching his children about politics, the news and the importance of life's lessons and regard for others. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Samantha, Nicole, Brandon, Joshua, Hope Tianna. Kiara, Bella, Lilianna and Troy and always promised his great granddaughter Ava that his new shiny red car belonged to her. He was not only a father to all, he was a friend to anyone and everyone as well. A few of his dearest friends are Theodore and Olga Perez as well as Floyd and Patty Buttke.
All in all, Narcico was a giver in all areas. He was kind, loving, compassionate and taught his family the importance of standing up for what they believed in. Later, in March 2013 his beloved wife Rosa Sanchez entered Gods mighty kingdom and Narcico grew heartbroken. For years he remained patient in love towards her. Finally in mid 2016 he met Estella Yrigollen and married her that same year. Through that relationship he also gained an extended family of sons and grandchildren. During his last months, his daughter Lisa Manzo remained at his bedside during every tribulation of his battle with cancer. His new wife Estella also remained faithful to her vows of; "in sickness and in health". Finally, during a hospital visit before he went home to live in eternity; his son, Pastor Chris Sanchez walked him through the prayer of repentance and receival of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Narcico was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him.
His children give special recognition and thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the V.A. Hospital in Fresno, California.
A special remembrance service dedication will be held at Ivers and Alcorn, located on 901 W. Main Street Merced, CA 95340 on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. followed by a viewing. Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Parish located at 671 E. Yosemite Avenue Merced, CA at 10 a.m. The family will return to Ivers and Alcorn for a final viewing before departing at 12 p.m. to Santa Nella (San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery) for his honorable, military burial located at 32053 W. Mc Cabe Road, Santa Nella Village, CA 95322.