Emiliano Amor Mataka

Mataka, Emi cropped web picJuly 1980 ~ Aug 2015

Emiliano Mataka, 35, was born in Modesto to John and Rosenda Mataka. He was a blessing to all who knew him and cherished by many. He was bright, compassionate, and courageous and was known for his easygoing nature.

Emiliano grew up on the Westside of Stanislaus County in Grayson. He graduated from Patterson High School in 1998. He attended New College in San Francisco and graduated from Cal State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He married Veronica Mendez in 2012 and they have one child, Maxemiliano. Emiliano most recently worked as a Community Liaison with the Ceres Unified School District.

Emiliano was a beautiful soul that stood in solidarity with poor and oppressed communities. He was a dedicated organizer who helped shape the social, education and environmental justice movements in the San Joaquin Valley. He was a founding member of Valley Improvement Projects and was also active with the California Environmental Justice Coalition, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, Modesto CopWatch, and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.

Emiliano is survived by his wife Veronica Mendez Mataka, son Maxemiliano, parents John and Rosenda Mataka, siblings Primavera (Daniel) Chavez of Patterson and Arsenio (Jessie Ryan) Mataka of Sacramento, three nieces, two nephews, and extended family members.

A Visitation Service will be held at Allen Mortuary on Sunday, August 16th from 5 to 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock on Monday, August 17that 11:30am. Burial will follow at Patterson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged and can be sent to: Valley Improvement Projects (VIP) P.O. Box 4214 Modesto, CA 95352.

Donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/ktwp5g68

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