Our father Eusebio S. Palacios, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, surrounded by his family at Hillcrest Manor alternative home in Sunnyside. Eusebio was born in Reedville, Texas on March 5, 1920 to his parents, Toribio and Juanita Saurez Palacios.
In June 1943 he and our mother, Maria Sanchez, married in Edinburg, Texas. For the next 17 years they lived a semi-nomadic life following the cotton harvests in West Texas, East Arkansas and the San Joaquin Valley in California. Eusebio could really pick a lot of cotton. Not many other farmers could out-pick him. They made their way to the Northwest working together in potato fields in Idaho and at the Yakima Chief Hop Farm in Mabton.
In 1961 he started working at Hogue Hop Ranches in Prosser. Shortly thereafter he started his own Concord grape vineyard near Grandview, where he settled until death.
During his life, Eusebio drove taxis, tractors and other trucks. He also built houses.
He and Maria, wife of 68 years, would travel to Texas from Washington often to visit family. Dancing was a hobby he enjoyed with his wife. He also enjoyed his cup of coffee. As a longtime baseball fan, he enjoyed watching Cincinnati Reds games before moving to Washington, where he adopted the Seattle Mariners as his team to watch.
Eusebio always had a special place in his heart for not only his family and friends, but also many other people in general that came across his life, including those whom he met at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he was an active member. Before saying goodbye after a visit, he made sure to say "God bless you" to everyone.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother; five brothers, Jesus, Nicolas, Leon, Felipe and Guillermo; and three sisters, Teofia, Juanita and Victoria.
He is survived by his wife Maria; son, Jesse Palacios (Christina); five daughters, Esther Leep, Dora Tudor (Mark), Gloria de Palacio, Mary Palacios and Diana Morales (Martin). Also survived are 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The entire family of Eusebio would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff members at Hillcrest Manor, where he lived the final 15 months of his life.
A memorial Rosary will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview.
Those wishing to sign Eusebio's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.