Valentin Mendoza Villa, 66, of Toppenish lost his battle with leukemia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.

Valentin was born Nov. 2, 1945 un Michoacan, Mexico to Aurora and Teodoro Villa.

He owned and operated Villa Seafood for 20 years.

His cheerfulness pranks and gracious spirit will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Valentin continues to live through his wife, Julia; son, Valentin (Amanda) Villa Jr of Moxee; daughters, Lorena (Sergio) Fernandez of Union Gap, Bertha (Rene) Maldonado of Omak, Rosaura (Alberto) Reynaga of Yakima, Dalila Villa (fiancé, Mike Palencia) of Toppenish, Sandra (Brandon) Cortes of Pasco, Yasmin (Thomas) Lorenson of Columbus Ga. and Yesenia Villa of Toppenish; grandchildren, Isabella, Alejandro, Abram, Marco, Andres and Natalie; and siblings, Jose Villa, Salud Villa Vasquez, Marta Villa Novela, Lola Villa Mendoza, Victoriana Villa Guerrero and Maria Villa Velasco. Valentin was preceded in death by his parents; and infant, sister.

Viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 607 2nd Avenue, Zillah, followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 606 F. Avenue, Granger. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Granger, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, 7800 Van Belle Road in Sunnyside.

A celebration of life and potluck gathering will follow at St. Joseph Catholic School gymnasium, 920 S. 6th St. in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Mr. Villa's on-line memory book may do so at

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah is in charge of arrangements.

Thank you to the staff at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Washington Hematology-Oncology for all their care, support, and patience during our father's battle. Special thanks to Dr. Albert Brady for helping our father during his time of need.

"Apa, fuistes un hombre fuerte y honorable y estamos muy orgullosos de ser tus hijos. Nunca olvidaremos tus sacrificios por darnos una mejor vida. Sabemos que estas ahora en un mejor lugar y que un día estaremos juntos otra vez!"

"Dad, you were a strong and honorable man and we are very proud to be your children. We will never forget the sacrifices you made to give us a better life. We know that you are in a better place now and that one day we will be together again!"


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