In Loving Memory of Manuel D. Marques

Manuel D. Marques passed away peacefully on Thursday December 22, 2011 at home in Los Banos.  Manuel was 77.
Manuel was born November 28, 1934 in Walnut Grove, California.  His father came to California from Lisbon, Portugal and married his mother Mary Francis Ramos from Folsom, California.  As a child Manuel grew up in Isleton working with his father as a farmer.  Manuel graduated from Rio Vista High School and attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduating in 1956 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.
After graduating from college he worked for Blackwelder and lived in Antioch.  Manuel later moved to Gilroy and began working for Gentry Foods.  In 1968 Manuel moved the family to Pennsylvania to work for National Drying Company.  In 1973 he returned to California and made his home Los Banos.  Manuel returned to help his friend, Mario DeFrancesco, open his business in Firebaugh.  In 1976 Manuel purchased Hardaway’s Welding Shop and opened as Marfab.  The shop continued as a repair shop but also manufactured equipment for agriculture and the food processing industry.  Manuel was well known for his ability to fix anything and he loved to work.  In 1980 he purchased Duarte’s Hardware Store.  It opened as Marfab Ag and Industrial Supply.
Manuel and his first wife June were married for 30 years and had two children.  In 1989 Manuel married Nadine Titterington and was married 18 years until her passing in 2007.  Manuel is survived by his sisters Mary Cano, Hilda DeMello, Alice Sajonia and brother-in-law Chuck Sajonia; his daughters Linda Marques and husband Dean Marques, Karen Marques and husband Joe Lilly, and eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, stepchildren Vesta Walton, Beth Nickas, Wayne Titterington, Ken Titterington, Jim Titterington, Marcella Smith, Joanna Smalley, Dallas Titterington II, Nathan Titterington, Cassandra Volkman, Jeena Celmer, Jason Titterington, 32 step grandchildren and 8 step great-grandchildren.
Manuel was a supporter of FFA and the Los Banos Ag Boosters.  In retirement, Manuel enjoyed making his own wine, gardening and cooking.
Remembrances may be made in Manuel’s honor to Los Banos Ag Boosters Scholarship Fund, PO Box 731, Los Banos, CA  93635, and American Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice.
Publisher’s Note:
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Marques.  He was a dedicated family man who also led by his example in work ethics.  Many within the community knew Manuel through his business, as well as his involvement in various organizations which benefitted many, but especially our local youth.  He will be missed by many.

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