PHILLIP J. VALENZUELA
Phillip J. Valenzuela was welcomed into eternal life on Monday, May 14, 2018 following a brief illness and hospitalization. Phillip was surrounded by the loving presence of family at the time of his passing and he leaves behind his sister Vera, nephews Frank and Bob, niece Sandy, longtime friend Karla, along with all who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him.
An immigrant from Mexico as a young child, Phillip contributed to America’s transportation infrastructure by working for the Southern Pacific Railroad, retiring after 37 years of service. Phillip enjoyed residing in Sacramento for most of his life and was a frequent diner at Sammy’s Restaurant before spending his remaining years in San Jose, being cared for by his sister and her family.
Phillip was a bachelor and lived a full life to the age of 95. He maintained an interest in railroads (periodically playing with his toy train set!) and keeping up with current events and popular mechanics, humorously referring to himself as “an encyclopedia of useless information.” An introvert by nature, his shyness was his strength as Phillip had a quick wit and unconventional sense of humor, a deep spirituality, and a big heart – looking for the good in others, generously giving to those he saw in need, and frequently making it a point to donate to charities, particularly those that served Veterans. Phillip will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched.
Phillip J. Valenzuela was welcomed into eternal life on Monday, May 14, 2018 following brief illness and h
Friends are cordially invited to honor Phillip’s life by attending his Graveside Service on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm; St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820.