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William Contreras

Posted: Monday, Jun 24th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — William “Bill” Contreras, a longtime resident of Watsonvile and Corralitos, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. He was 91.

Mr. Contreras was born “Guillermo Tirado Contreras” on Feb. 7,1922, in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, Mexico to Ambrocio and Mariana (Tirado) Contreras. He emigrated to the United States in 1944 and began a long career in farming and agriculture. He worked over 60 years in the apple farming industry. Mr. Contreras lived and worked in the Corralitos/Watsonville area until 2007. From 2007 to his death, he lived with his son Johnnie and his family in Clovis.

Mr. Contreras was preceded in death by his wife of 21 years, Clara; and his oldest son William, Jr. He is survived by his children, Christina Gonzalez of Salinas, Joe Contreras and wife Marilyn of Atlanta, Ga., Gloria Contreras of Denver, Colo., Johnnie Contreras and wife Heidi of Clovis; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and friends.

Friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. at the Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Valley Catholic Church in Watsonville. Interment will follow at Valley Public Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Patrick and Debra Molina Carroll, www.avemariamemorialchapel.com.

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