WATSONVILLE — Tommy Rodriguez died at his home in Watsonville on Thursday, June 6, 2013. He was 79.
Mr. Rodriguez was born in Arizona on Oct. 31, 1933, to Tom and Isabel Rodriguez. He served in the US Marine Corps for five years and in the US Navy for 15 years. During this time he fought in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge from both. After his military service he worked for the North Carolina State Prison for 12 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his in-laws in North Carolina as well as fishing here at Moss Landing. He also liked to dance and go bowling. He was a funny man who loved to laugh and have fun.
Mr. Rodriguez is survived by his daughter, Laura Rodriguez of Covington, Tenn.; brothers, Angelo of Sand Springs, Okla., Henry of Amarillo, Texas, Art of Salinas, Alfonso of Watsonville, and Carlos of El Centro; sisters, Beatrice of Mesa, Ariz. and Rachel of Watsonville; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Rodriguez; son, Jay Rodriguez; and brother, Johnny Rodriguez.
A memorial service will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on Friday at 3 p.m.
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