Donaciano Cardenas, 77, of Sunnyside passed away July 1, 2004 to be with the Lord.

He was born May 24, 1927 in Weslaco, Texas to Serapio and Maria Cardenas. He was raised there until he joined the Navy in 1945. On July 3, 1945 he married Matilde Lopez and moved to the Yakima Valley in 1947, where he worked for Golding Farms for 25 years. He then went to work for Welch’s and retired after 11 years.

Donaciano was a dedicated husband, father, brother and uncle. He was a hard worker and loved to garden, spend his time enjoying all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also an avid baseball fan. A Mariners Fan!

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Matilde Cardenas of Sunnyside; and six children, Mary and John Acosta of Grandview, Joe and Vicky Garza of Medical Lake, Gustavo Cardenas of Sunnyside, Don Jr. and Lillian Cardenas of Sunnyside, Sam and Beatrice Cardenas of Sunnyside and Gloria and Richard Holdren of Richland. He is also survived by six brothers and sisters, Eustolia and Mike Soto of Weslaco, Texas, Paulina Zepada of Weslaco, Texas, Luisa and Frank Gonzalez of Goliad, Texas, Jose and Elena Cardenas of Sunnyside, Eloisa and Agapito DeLeon of Cathedral City, Calif., John and Clara Cardenas of Sunnyside, and Chon and Elva Torres of Sunnyside; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many many friends and compadres.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Cardenas and his father, Serapio Cardenas, who lived to be 100 years old; a baby son, Guadalupe Cardenas; his brother, Refugio Cardenas; his granddaughter, Teresa Marie Cardenas; grandsons, Alex and Johnny Dominguez; and brother-in-law, Chon Zepeda.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, July 2, 2004, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be held at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christain Burial will be held Saturday, July 3, 2004, at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.


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