Cipriano Garcia, 63, of Toppenish entered into restful peace on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after an extended illness.

Cip was born on Christmas Day in 1949 in Texas to Andres and Reyes (Cano) Garcia.

Cip spent most of his early childhood in Weslaco, Texas before moving with his family to Grandview in 1955. Cip attended Grandview schools and attended various colleges and universities throughout Washington state. He received his Bachelor's degree in nursing through Heritage University in Toppenish and later his Master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga.

In 1993 Cip married Sharon and they made their home in Toppenish until the time of his death.

Cip had many interests throughout his life, but he had a love for music. In the 1970s he played bass guitar in a rock band with his brother, who played the drums. The band played at various local gigs including Grandview Days.

Cip enjoyed reading, surfing the web and making jewelry. His need for helping others inspired him to become a foster parent for 20 years.

Cip loved helping others through his nursing. He could be seen throughout the Lower Valley working as a nurse practitioner through Yakima Memorial Hospital. He also did some work with hospice. Cip was always caring and gentle with his patients and those around him, inspiring strength.

Cip gained his own strength through his love of his family, especially that of his nieces and nephews. He always cherished his time with them and them with him. He enjoyed giving advice, but only when asked.

Cip is survived by Sharon of Toppenish; his foster daughter, Katherine Yelechchin of Toppenish; siblings, Juanita (Noel) Hinojosa and Aurora (Les) Crone, all of Grandview; nieces and nephews, Elena Olmstead, Emma Hinojosa, Noel A. Hinojosa, Brian Ware, Brianne Drake, Jeremiah and Elijah Cardon; and numerous foster children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andres and Reyes Garcia; and two brothers, Andres Garcia Jr. and Gilberto Garcia.

A fellowship gathering will be held Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at noon at his home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers or cards donations be made to c/o Grandview Acct. 2123 at any Key Bank.

Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish is in charge of arrangements.


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