Salvador G. Lua

September 26, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Salvador G. Lua, 35, of Brawley, who died of complications from an aneurysm Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Amador Lopez of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Calipatria will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Lua was born July 23, 1966, in Mexicali. He was raised and attended schools in Marysville. He began working in agriculture and later did maintenance on air conditioners.

He married Sylvia Garcia in Brawley on Oct. 29, 1994.

Mr. Lua had been employed as a plumber by the Imperial County Building and Grounds Department since 2000.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed going to casinos, according to family.


He was preceded in death by his father, Rafael Lua, in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Lua of Brawley; daughter, Estefania Lua of Brawley; mother, Carmen Lua of Brawley; brother, Edgar Lua of Brawley; and sisters, Maria, Jessenia and Vanessa Lua and Rosa Hernandez, Lupe L. Gallegos and Carmen Espina, all of Brawley.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Norvel Owens Mortuary, 914 E. Route 66, Flagstaff, Ariz., for Dale Fortin, 74, of Flagstaff, a former El Centro resident who died Saturday in Flagstaff.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff.

Mr. Fortin was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Turton, S.D. He lived in El Centro from 1965 to 1977.

Mr. Fortin served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as bus driver for Greyhound Bus Lines until his retirement in 1984. He was commended by Greyhound for his excellent driving.

After his retirement from Greyhound, Mr. Fortin drove for a Flagstaff tour company, Nava-Hopi, for three years.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Fortin of Flagstaff; daughter, Monica Steele of San Diego; son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Gloria Fortin of Imperial; son, Dana Fortin of Flagstaff; grandsons, Kevin Steele, David Hartsock, Elliot Fortin; and granddaughters, Regan Ahola and Shavonne Fortin.

The family suggests donations to American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin #9, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, or the Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Leo Samaha, 84, of Holtville, who died Friday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.  The Rev. David Strong of Maranatha Fellowship of Holtville will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Samaha was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Calexico.  

Mr. Samaha lived in Calexico most of his life, attending schools there and graduating from Calexico High School in 1936, where he participated in baseball, football, basketball and track and field and was selected to all-Valley teams in football and baseball.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed with the Persian Gulf command in Khrumshar, Iran, for more than two years. His unit assembled trucks and other vehicles and was considered a supply line for the Russians.

After the service, he returned to the Imperial Valley and he and his brother, Ralph, took on more responsibilities by purchasing a grocery store from their father in Calexico.

Mr. Samaha was always interested in sports, hunting and fishing, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his sister Tuts Reidy in 1993 his brother, Ralph Samaha, in 1994 .

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Samaha of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Steve Barthelme of New Jersey; daughter, Cathy Dunham of Holtville; son, Jon Samaha of Morro Bay; son and daughter-in-law, Richie and Mary Samaha of Holtville; sister, Margaret Abdelnour of Phoenix; grandchildren, Mallory, Morgan and Sydney Samaha, all of Holtville; and step-grandchildren, Raina, Erin, Sam and Megan Barthelme, all of New Jersey, and Kevin and Justin Dunham, both of San Diego.

The family suggests memorials to the Holtville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 395, Holtville, CA 92250.

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