Mariano Bautista, 92, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021. He was a born and raised in Colton.
He graduated from Colton High School and became an auto machinist. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Mariano married Julie Magdaleno in October 1951, and they went on to raise four children (The 4 Ds). He had a 31-year career in civil service as a certified jet engine mechanic at several local Air Force bases and had a brief stint working for the USPS.
After retiring, Julie and Mariano moved to Reno, Nev., to enjoy the clean mountain air and surroundings of “The biggest little city in the world.” They led a happy life there until Julie’s passing in 2011. Mariano eventually was “persuaded” to return to the Inland Empire in 2016 and spent the last four and a half years at Linda Valley Villa, in Loma Linda. While at the villa, Mariano thrived and made many friendships with fellow residents and staff.
Mariano and Julie traveled extensively, visiting Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and Mexico. They also enjoyed the world of cruising and made several trips to a variety of ports of call, including Hawaii. Mariano was a devoted sports fan, and the San Francisco Giants and Forty-Niners were his teams for life. Mariano also took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren participating in a variety of sports.
Mariano is survived by his sons David (Peggy), Dan (Rosie), daughters Debra and Denise, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sisters Clara, Lupe and Angie, as well as by his brothers, Joe and Rudy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mariano Sr. and Juana, his wife, Julie and by his sisters, Lorrie and Felipa.
Mariano had a big heart and loved to laugh. In his later years, he made friends easily and would often go out of his way to help others. He was also a dedicated family man to the end. The family has received many messages from friends and acquaintances, expressing their condolences and sadness on losing such a good man.
Preciado Mortuary will be handling his arrangements. His ashes will be placed at Mt. View Cemetery in San Bernardino, where he will be reunited with his beloved Julie, for eternity. The family will host a Celebration of Life in the fall, to honor him and Felipa together.