Cresencio F. Yanez, 78, of Sunnyside passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Yakima Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born April 19, 1928 in Donna, Texas, the son of San Juanita (Falcon) and Ramon Yanez. He married Concepcion Saenz in Edinburg, Texas on April 28, 1953. They moved to Outlook in 1954, where they were employed at Snow and Sons. In 1968, the Yanez family moved to Sunnyside and they have lived here since. Cresencio worked at 7C's Orchards and from there he went to Johnson's until his retirement. After his retirement he started his own business, Yanez Snow Cones. Many knew him as the "Snow Cone Man."
His grandchildren remember when he used to drive them to school. During that time he would give them advice. Many of his sayings are still remembered.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Concepcion "Connie" Yanez; their nine children, Janie (Tony) Sanchez, Jessie Yanez, Esmeralda Yanez, Henny Yanez and Ezra (Maria) Yanez, all of Sunnyside, Cresencio Yanez Jr. of Seattle, Connie Rodriguez of Richland, Flora (Jose) Barajas of Grandview, and Moses (Rose) Yanez of Prosser; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florinda Yanez, Juanita Garza of Edinburg and Margarita Mercado of Mission, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; three sisters; and one grandchild.
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.