DEATHS: Aug. 13, 2001

August 13, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church's parish hall in El Centro for Jose Rodriguez Hernandez, 87, of El Centro, who died Friday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Hernandez was born Feb. 14, 1914, in El Dorado, Sinaloa, Mexico.

He came to the United States at age 6 and settled in El Centro's east side with his mother, Amparo Gonzalez. He attended Fredrick Douglas School and was one of the first Mexican children to attend Central Union High School in 1935. He was an outstanding track runner and competed in the 1936 U.S. Olympic trials.


His first wife and mother of his eight children, Virginia Martinez, died Jan. 3, 1955. He was married again in 1986 to Maria Guadalupe Reyes, who died in 1997.

Mr. Hernandez was a longtime compadre to world bantamweight champion Manuel Ortiz and was a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

He worked for various farmers as a laborer and truck driver and worked as a foreman for Agro Phosphate Co. in Imperial for more than 25 years and later worked for Brea Ag Service in Heber until his retirement. He lived on El Centro's east side for some 80 years.

Survivors include his daughters, Margaret Duggan of El Centro, Vangie Campos of San Gabriel, Candy Sanchez of Imperial and Marcie Wetherald of Columbus, Ind.; sons, Jose Hernandez Jr. of San Diego, Alex Hernandez of Lake Elsinore, Edward Hernandez of Murrieta and John Hernandez of El Centro; sister, Jenny De Nechochea of Jamul; 24 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.


Services will be private for Pedro A. Marquez, 80, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in his home.

His burial will be at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Marquez was born June 26, 1921, in Anaheim. He moved with his family to Brawley in 1927, where he was raised and attended Hidalgo Elementary School.

In 1948, Mr. Marquez moved to Mexicali. He met and married Clara Garcia in Mexicali in 1953. The Marquezes lived in Mexicali for 10 years and relocated to Calexico in 1965.

Mr. Marquez worked in agriculture for 25 years and last worked at Holly Sugar for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Marquez of Calexico; children, Adelina Perez, Aida Araceli Marquez and Norma Angelica Hernandez, all of Calexico, Ricardo Marquez of Oregon, Ramon Marquez of Las Vegas and Ramiro Vasquez of El Centro; brother, Pasqual A. Marquez of Calexico; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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