Maurisio Saldana, 45, of Grandview, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on Monday March 15, 2010, at the University of Washington Medical Center, in Seattle.

He was born Sept. 18, 1964 in Mt. Vernon to Martin Jr and Josephina Saldana. He lived and was raised in Grandview his entire life. He graduated from Grandview High School with the class of 1983.

He married Cindy Uvalle on March 19, 1985. They celebrated their 25th anniversary a couple of days ago.

His loving wife stood by his side through thick and thin, she was there from the beginning of his battle to the end, "Thank you Mom and Aunt Marcie for taking care of our dad," he couldn't have asked for a better wife or sister.

He had worked for Twin City Foods in Prosser, from 1983 to 1993 and Saldana Trucking with his father from 1993 to 1996 trucking from state to state traveling to south Texas, for the last 14 years he worked for Kenyon Zero Cold Storage in Grandview.

We would like to thank you for the career that you guys provided Maurisio with and we won't forget any of you.

Maurisio enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family camping and fishing. Anywhere there was water you were bound to find him there. He joined various fishing tournaments with his sons and friends.

Maurisio had many friends, he was known as Pete by his family.

He had a passion for football, his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. He also enjoyed going to wrestling tournaments watching his three boys wrestle and his daughter cheering for them. He was a volunteer crunch club wrestling coach, you were more than likely to see him at GHS wrestling matches and tournaments even after his kids graduated.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; sons, Maurisio Jr (Ashley), Mathew (Chelsea) and Max; daughter, Marlena; three granddaughters, Chloe, Destiny, Ellie and one due in August; his brother, Martin III and Laura; three sisters, Marcie (Ruben) Morales, Malinda (Joe) Mora, all of Grandview and Margie (Majoe) Olivas of Naches; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles; and four brothers-in-law, Albert (Tina) Uvalle, Steve (Mandy) Uvalle, all of Mt Vernon, John (Patsy) Uvalle of Sunnyside and Joe and Olga Uvalle, of Grandview; sisters-in-law, Mary (Larry) Sabedra of Sunnyside, Kelly (David) Conejo of Mt. Vernon; his mother-in-law, Angela Melendrez of Sunnyside; father-in-law, Steve (Lydia) Uvalle of Grandview: and his loving grandmother, Rosa Saldana.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Martin Jr. and Josephina Saldana; his grandfather, Martin Saldana Sr.; and his hunting dog companion, Missy.

He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, "Gone but Never forgotten."

The family would like to thank Dr. Marx of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and staff, Dr. Yang of Kennewick) and the entire staff at the University of Washington Medical Center for your special attention, care and support.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday March 18, 2010, from 3 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral in Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday March 19, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Grandview, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign Maurisio's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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