Felipe Angel Sandoval, "Big A", 42, of Sunnyside went to join the angels in heaven on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Angel was born Oct. 2, 1969 in Yakima, the son of Felipe P. and Emilia (Esqueda) Sandoval.

He graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1988, and pursued his training at Renton Vocational Technical Institute, where he studied diesel mechanics. He went on to receive his CDL certification from the truck driving school in Eugene, Ore. Upon completion he then started his career as a long-haul truck driver.

His employment included several trucking companies, eventually owning and operating "Big A Trucking," with his father.

He was a real sports fan and devoted to the Dallas Cowboy, win or lose, he would always say "There's always next year!"

Angel enjoyed spending time with family and friends, barbequing, watching games, movies and especially jamming out to music.

Angel is survived by his father, Felipe P. Sandoval of Texas; foster sister, Delia Lopez of Tri-Cities; sisters, Denorah (Jose) Garcia and Delia Sandoval, all of Sunnyside; his little bro Fernando "Ferns" E. Sandoval (Tony Sotelo) of Texas; and his forever faithful companion, "Milo"; his one and only nephew, Felix I. Garcia; step-nephew, Derek J. Garcia; nieces, Alexus D Alvarez, Ciara M. Garcia, Kelsi N. Mata and Gabriela C. Garcia; step-niece, Amanda E. Garcia; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emilia E. Sandoval; and infant brother, Ines P. Sandoval.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 25, 2012, 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 Angel's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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