DEATHS: January 22, 2002

January 22, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Jose Luis "Joe" Ulloa, 22, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

A determination of a cause of death is pending.

 Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Jorge Moreno will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ulloa was born June 21, 1979, in Brawley.

He was raised in Brawley and attended Brawley Union High School. He worked at Brawley's McDonald's restaurant where he was a cook. He enjoyed music, singing and playing the guitar, according to family.


Survivors include his fiancée, Lillian Gutierrez; daughter, Elise Ulloa; mother Rosa Limon and father Jose Ulloa; sister, Tanya Ulloa; brothers Carlos, Roy and Fabian Limon; maternal grandparents Luis and Maria Revuelta; and paternal grandparents Olga and Isidro Ulloa; all of Brawley.

The family suggest memorials be sent in the name of Joe Ulloa to Government Agencies Credit Union, 205 Main St., Brawley, CA 92227.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church in Brawley for Thomas B. "Tom" Shank, 81, of Brawley, who died Sunday in his home.

The Rev. James Rozmus will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Shank was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Brawley. He was the youngest child born to Ben and Emma Shank.

He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1937, Brawley Junior College in 1939 and earned a bachelor's degree in business from University of California, Berkeley in 1942.

Upon his graduation, Mr. Shank accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy and served as an officer aboard different ships from Kiska, Alaska, to the South Pacific during World War II.

In 1945 he resigned his commission as a lieutenant and returned to Brawley, where he and his brothers, Berton and Robert, began their farming operations. Their company later developed into R&T Shank.

Mr. Shank was a lifelong farmer and served on the Desert Growers, Imperial Hay Growers and Imperial Grain Growers boards. He was a member of the Brawley Elks or 50 years and the Imperial Valley Stockmen's Club.

He was preceded in death  by his son, Philip Shank and brother Berton Shank.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Shank of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Steve Valencia of Fallbrook; daughter, Corinne M. Shank of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sisters, Evelyn Bucknell of Martinburg, Pa., and Ella Bland of Kentfield; brother, Robert E. Shank of Brawley; and grandchildren, Andrew and Michele.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Imperial County Historical Society at Pioneers' Museum, 373 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Dagoberto Vargas Hernandez Jr., 29, of El Centro, who died of cancer Thursday in San Diego Hospice.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Hernandez was born Aug. 11, 1972, in Salinas. He attended schools in El Centro and worked as a truck driver for Sam Andrews Inc.

He enjoyed working on cars, according to family.

Survivors include his father, Dagoberto Hernandez Sr. of El Centro; mother, Norma Hernandez of El Centro; brothers, Pablo and Roberto Hernandez, both of El Centro; sister, Rosamaria Hernandez of El Centro; sons, Henry, Daniel and Dagoberto Hernandez III, all of El Centro; daughter, Vanalisa Hernandez of El Centro; and fiancée, Valeria Velarde of El Centro.

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles