Melvin Duarte Luiz, age 51, died with his wife by his side at his Modesto residence on November 16, 2013. Mel was born and raised in Manteca, California. After 31 years operating Luiz Dairy in Manteca, Mel began his transition as an almond rancher shortly before his death.
He is survived by his mother, Marie, wife Sandy, daughters, Melissa, Kristi, Brandi and DeAndra and grandchildren, Jacob, Anthony Jr., Grayson, Trenton, and Aiden.
Rosary will be held on Thursday, from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., at Riverbank Memorial Chapel. Mass is followed by a graveside service on Friday, at 10:00a.m., at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church, Riverbank. Reception to follow.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, November 21, 2013