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Gilbert M. Calderon
Cowboy at heart
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Gilbert M. Calderon, 75, entered into rest with his wife, Edna Irene “Jackie” Calderon at his side in their home town of Sonora on July 22, 2010. He was born on August 4, 1934 in French Camp, California. Gilbert joins his parent Mr. Frank and Mrs. Nellie Calderon of Manteca, his son, Richard Calderon;  and siblings; Hortencia Calderon, Frances Aguirre, and Tino Venzor.

Gilbert leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Jackie Calderon of Sonora. His daughters are  Lisa Calderon, Debbie Calderon, Julie Calderon, Carrie Calderon, Linda Calderon, Alice Calderon, Carol Lopez and Kathy Bazen all of Southern California. Mr. Calderon was blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He leaves siblings Frank Calderon Jr., Elvira Fierro and Alice Umbalin.

Gilbert also known as “Gil,” was a Manteca native. He graduated from Manteca High School then went on to serve his country through the United States Air Force. Gilbert was a fun-loving man with an amazing personality. His Catholic faith guided Gil through the years he was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora were he was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree.  He was an avid sports fan, always cheering on his favorite team the San Francisco 49ers, never missing any breath taking games. Gilbert had a passion for rebuilding custom cars; he was especially proud of his sea foam colored 1958 Cadillac. He was always so proud to take his two loves for a ride: his car, but especially the love of his life, his wife Jackie who was his best friend and confidant. He held a special place in his heart for every member of his family. Gilbert was honored to have as godson a very special child by the name of Antonio Sampson. Gilbert will always live in the hearts of many people. He will be remembered as a strong man, a loving father, brother, son, but above all a devoted husband… and a true cowboy at heart.

Arrangements for Mr. Calderon are under the direction of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 North Union Road, Manteca. A Celebration of Life Service is being held Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 1p.m. at P.L. Fry and son Funeral Home. An on-line tribute wall is available at for condolences to the family of Mr. Calderon.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, July 29, 2010