Our father, Eloy M. Estudillo, 78, was delivered to our Lord on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.
Mr. Estudillo was born June 25, 1933, in Cuerámaro, GTO, Mexico to Anselmo and Herlinda (Juarez) Estudillo.
Mr. Estudillo was a man deeply grounded in his beliefs. He was a long-time member of St. Joseph Parish in Sunnyside, until his retirement. During Eloy's most recent 15 years of his life, he traveled often between Irapuato, GTO and Sunnyside.
Eloy came to the U.S. through the Bracero program. He arrived in Washington state during the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle.
After moving to the Yakima Valley, he joined the United Farm Workers Co-op in Toppenish.
Later he settled in Sunnyside, where he became the proud owner of Country Corner Market on Sheller Road.
He was recognized as a successful business owner and invited to meet President Jimmy Carter at the White House. Additionally, Eloy and his family are featured in the Washington State Museum in Tacoma as one of the state's successful immigrants.
Eloy overcame a number of adverse events during his childhood. At eight years of age, his own father suddenly passed away and he became the sole provider to his family in Mexico. Despite these challenges early on in life, he eventually went on to earn his GED, attend college and obtain a professional welding certificate.
Mr. Estudillo took great pride in witnessing the successes of his children as he encouraged them all to pursue a higher learning by valuing and investing in their education.
Mr. Estudillo is survived by his 10 children, Eloy (Joan), Fernando (Alida), Carmela (Doug) Park, Patricia (Bruce) Johnson, Leticia (Bradley) Johnson, Sergio (Lourdes), Alejandra, Esperanza, David (Sandra) and Antonio; 16 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ryan) Lancaster, Catarina, Michael, Christopher, David, Esperanza, Amanda, Katherine (Conrad) Christenson, Matthew, Maria, Angelica, Cynthia, Joshua, Josefína, Sofia and Sara; his sister, Lucia Huerta of Fort Worth, Texas; and David Estudillo of Irapuato, GTO, Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esperanza G. Estudillo.
Please join us in celebrating and honoring our father's life at the following services: Viewing and visitation to be held Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass and Rosary will be held Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. at St. Michael's Parish in Royal City, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign Eloy's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.