Guadalupe Aguilar, 78, of Mabton passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Guadalupe was born Dec. 12, 1925 in Rosebud, Texas to Juan and Josephine (Cantu) Aguilar. As a youth, he worked as a bell boy. He served in the U.S. Army in 1945. He moved to Washington State in the 1940’s, working for Boeing, Hanford and Northwest Glass Co. While at the glass company, Lupe invented an automated mold cleaner. He had an inventive mind that kept him busy.

Lupe married Phyllis Hernandez in 1985 in Sunnyside. He farmed Mike Hernandez’s land until he began his own trucking business, Aguilar’s Sunset Trucking.

He enjoyed traveling to California with family. He was a very generous and loving man.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Phyllis Aguilar of Mabton; four sons, Lucio Aguilar of Renton, Ramon Jose Aguilar of Kent, Jesse Aguilar of Seattle, Carlos Aguilar of Everett; two daughters, Lily Aguilar of Tacoma and Guadalupe Aguilar of Mabton, all from a previous marriage; five step-sons, Frank (Marge) Galaviz Jr. of Sunnyside, Richard Galaviz of Tacoma, Tony (LeAnn) Galaviz of Toppenish, and Steven (Marie) Galaviz and Valentino (Julie) Galaviz, all of Burien; five step-daughters, Diane Castanada of Mabton, Sara Galaviz of Sunnyside, Vicky (George) Garza of San Antonio, Texas, Lily (Aurelio) Bermudez of Sunnyside and Angie (Dan) Harris of Sunnyside; five brothers, Juan Aguilar of Mabton, Felix (Louise) Aguilar of Texas, Albert (Yolanda) Carranza of Auburn,

Arthur (Mary Ann) Carranza of Mabton and Simon (Diane) Carranza of Eugene, Ore.; four sisters, Josephine Rodriguez of Grandview, Minnie (Pete) Alvarado of Mabton, Mary (Mac) Gamboa of Sunnyside and Virginia Molina of Mabton; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, 31 step-grandchildren and 34 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Carranza; his father, Juan Aguilar; his step-father, Albert Carranza; an infant daughter; a sister; two brothers; and a step-son, Rene Galaviz.

Viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Mabton Grace Brethren Church, with burial to follow at Mabton City Cemetery.


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