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Fidel Francis Caballero

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2013

Fidel Francis Caballero

Fidel Francis Caballero, 59, formerly of Soledad, was received into the arms of our Lord on Sept. 7 after a three-month bout with cancer.

Fidel was born to Pauline and Charlie Caballero on March 3, 1954 in Germany while Charlie was stationed on the military base. Fidel enjoyed telling the story of his dual citizenship up until his 18th birthday, when officially he was able to choose his U.S. permanent citizenship. His birth was then registered to his family home in San Bernardino, CA.

Ηε ωασ πreceded in death by his mother Pauline Caballero. He is survived by his father Charlie Caballero of San Francisco; his wife of 31 years Maria Aurora Gonzalez Caballero of Soledad, their children Gladys Gonzalez (Eduardo) Lizarraga of Hemet CA, Enrique Gonzalez of Mexico, Esmeralda R Caballero of Fresno and Anthony Fidel Caballero presently and proudly serving in the military. He is also survived by a brother in Oregon and a sister from the San Francisco Bay Area and 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Enumerable nieces and nephews located in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas and Baja California.

Fidel was employed for a total of 35 years as a Peace Officer. He served for 11 years as a Monterey Co. Deputy Sheriff proudly partnered with his Canine Unit “Conrad.” Next, he served 7 years for the Housing Authority in fraud abatement. After which he took a job for the State of California working his way up to the rank of detective while stationed in Palm Springs and Pomona departments.

Fidel was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus Valley Council 5528 Hemet CA reaching the level of Grand Knight. He treasured and was fiercely loyal to his Catholic Faith. Gathering strength and peace from the knowledge that The Lord had chosen to call him home.

Fidel and family supported the local Soledad Salvation Army by Volunteering. He also bell rang every Christmas and frequently returned to Soledad to visit family as he traveled the 101 on his way to see his father or visit the Monterey Peninsula.

Funeral Mass was September 13, 2013, in Highland CA and burial followed at Mt View Cemetery. A celebration of life was held immediately following burial. His request was for those that remembered him to “bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, Miss me … but let me go.”

Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may consider: Soledad Salvation Army 179 Main St. suite B, Soledad, CA 93960, (831) 678-9952; or the Operation Care Package Program by contacting: http://www.operationcarepackages.org/ContactUs.html; or your local police or another organization of your choice.

For the complete article see the 10-02-2013 issue.

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