Deaths: May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Tony Casillas, 78, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Calexico United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Youngblood officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Casillas was born Feb. 17, 1924, in El Centro.

He lived in Calexico for 55 years and resided in El Centro for the past 23 years.

Mr. Casillas married Aurelia Tapia in Yuma on Nov. 7, 1953.

According to family, Mr. Casillas loved to watch Los Angeles Dodgers baseball, "Jeopardy" and read and walk a lot. He will be missed by his family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Juan Casillas.

Survivors include his wife, Aurelia Casillas of El Centro; daughters, Becky Lewis of Las Flores and Corina Monsivaiz of Covina; brother, Jose Casillas of Calexico; sisters, Candilia Barros of Calexico and Emma Grijalva of Rancho Cordova; grandchildren, Anthony and Mark Andrew Lewis, both of Las Flores; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday in Seventh-day Adventist Church of Calexico for Mercedes T. Martinez, 91, of Calexico, who died Friday in Rancho Mirage.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Seventh-day Adventist Church of Calexico.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Martinez was born May 14, 1926, in San Bernardino.

She married Juan Manuel Martinez and retired as a certified nurse assistant from Calexico Hospital.

Mrs. Martinez lived in Calexico for 55 years.

She was active in PTA during her children's years in schools in Calexico. She also was active in Seventh-day Adventist Church activities in Calexico and Dorcas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Manuel Martinez, in 1952; sons, Juan Jr., Jack and Daniel Martinez; grandson, David in 1991; and her six siblings.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Martinez of Norwalk and Richard Martinez of Calexico; daughters, Rosie Martinez of Coachella, Josephine Pizano of Las Vegas, Ruth and Martha Martinez, both of Calexico, and Sylvia Martinez of Encinitas; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.



Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Seeley Community Church for David Marion Underwood, 78, of Seeley, who died May 18 in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The Underwood family will officiate.

Mr. Underwood was born July 27, 1923, in Muskogee, Okla.

He married Mary K. Watterson in Las Vegas on Jan. 1, 1975.

Mr. Underwood lived in Seeley for the past 33 years and worked in the produce business for California Coastal Farms for 32 years.

After his retirement, Mr. Underwood worked as a security guard for Lorel Aero Space for 10 years.

According to his family, Mr. Underwood loved his family and friends and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gabbing with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Mary K. Underwood of Seeley; daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Gary Kortepeter of Henderson,  Nev., and Christy and Tony Rhodes of Seeley; daughter, Roxanne Bell; sons, Tony Howland of Arizona and Arthur Marquez of San Diego; and grandchildren, David and Megan Bell, Brandie Howland, Chana and Brett Alsip, Rebecca Marquez and Alex Kortepeter.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. 8th St., El Centro, CA 92243, or Seeley Community Church.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9  tonight in Pacific Beach Mortuary, 4710 Cass St., for Theresa Nickel Crie, 50, of Mission Beach and a former  El Centro resident who died Sunday in Mission Beach.

Services will be at  1 p.m. Friday in St. Brigid Catholic Church, 4735 Cass St. in Pacific Beach.

Mrs. Crie was born May 13, 1952, in Brawley. She attended schools in the Imperial Valley and then moved to San Diego.

She lived in Guam for several years, working as a teacher at Notre Dame Private School as well as a substitute teacher and volleyball coach at John F. Kennedy High School.

Mrs. Crie lived in San Diego for the past 18 years, working as a librarian at Bird Rock Elementary for 11 years.

According to family, she loved sailing, playing tennis and racquetball, photography and traveling. She also loved to cook and driving her red Mustang convertible.

She was active in the governance committee at Bird Rock Elementary, PTA and PTA fund-raisers. She also was active in Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, National Charity League and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Crie; children, Jonathan and Celeste Crie, both of Mission Beach; parents, Clarence and Phyllis Nickel of El Centro; five brothers and sisters; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Birdrock Elementary School library fund or to San Diego Meals on Wheels.


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