Obituaries: Henry Gabriel Landavazo

Obituaries: Henry Gabriel Landavazo

ILWACO - Henry Gabriel Landavazo, 55, of Ocean Park, died Dec. 14, 2008, at a local hospital. He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in St. Johns, Ariz., one of 12 children of Porfirio and Jackie (Mares) Landavazo. The family lived in St. Johns until moving to Flagstaff when he was 13. He graduated from Coconino High School in Flagstaff.

He married Vickie Smith on Nov. 3, 1984, in Flagstaff. They lived there until moving to Redding, Calif., in 1988. They moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1997. Mr. Landavazo worked in construction his whole life.

His family was first and foremost in his life. He and his wife played competitive horseshoes in and around Arizona and California. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of most of them. He was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone, especially automotive repair. He enjoyed karaoke and playing pool and loved fishing and camping. He will be most remembered as being a huge Chicago Bears fan.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie, of the family home; mother, Jackie Landavazo of Kingman, Ariz.; children, Sandie (Robert) Harper of Redding, Calif., Julie (Andrew) Isaason of Tacoma, Lance Rosendale of San Diego, Calif., Frank Landavazo of Lovelock, Nev., Christina Landavazo of Kansas City, Mo. and Sheryl Riley of Ocean Park; his brothers, Ernie, Tony and Larry Landavazo; his sisters, Linda Martinez, Dina Martinez, Pricilla Lopez, Dorothy Baca, JoAnna Elam, Theresa Gardner and Cathy Landavazo; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Dec. 27, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Foundation for Transplants. Please sign the guest book at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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