John Y. Garcia


About the Service

Visitation will begin at 4pm followed by a celebration of Johnny’s life at 7pm on Thursday, March 30th at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock. A military graveside service and burial will be held at 10am on Friday, March 31st at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

John Yenigaz Garcia, “Johnny”, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 69 on March 18, 2017 at English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Modesto California.

Johnny was born to Augustine and Mary Garcia on November 25th, 1947 and became the fifth sibling to their growing family.  He attended Livingston High School and later attended Modesto Junior College for a time.  He became a father at the age of 20 and had his first-born daughter Irene L. Garcia and second daughter Cynthia L. Garcia, 2 years later.

Being drafted in the United States Army, he was deployed and stationed in Germany as a Bridge Specialist. After returning stateside, he remained in the Army reserves until 1977.  He then became a welder at Lakeside Truck and Body Shop until his retirement in 1991.

Over the years, he became a stepfather to a total of seven children that he loved dearly; Michael Samora of Denair, Mauro Carrillo of Denair, Melinda Samora of Turlock, Guillermo Fuentes, Miguel Fuentes of Turlock, Jonathan Fuentes of Turlock, and Pricilla Fuentes of Turlock.

He loved to go camping which often-included fishing and hunting with his family and best friends.  He also enjoyed watching Boxing matches and the TV show COPS.  He would often be found at the Moose Lodge in Turlock where he volunteered most of his time.  His favorite pastime was to sit and listen to his favorite country song, “Colorado Kool-Aid” by Johnny Paycheck.

He was a member of the American Legion Post in Merced, California and could also be found in many local Veterans Day Parades where he volunteered to carry Flags as part of the Honor Guard. He often also volunteered his time with the annual Portuguese Sopas dinners. Johnny dedicated countless hours to the Turlock Moose Lodge while being a member of the Honor Guard. As an honor guard member, he participated in many internment services for fellow veterans that had passed away.

He is preceded in death by his parents Augustine & Mary Garcia, his brothers, Augustine Garcia, Raymond Garcia, Gilbert Garcia, and Andy Garcia, as well as his only sister, Fermina Jaramillo.

He is survived by his brother Steve Garcia of Turlock, Johnny’s two daughters Irene Cacho of Le Grand and Cynthia Montoya and Son-in-Law Jake Montoya of Clovis. He will be missed by each of his three Grandchildren, Victoria Cacho, Andrew Cacho and Monique Montoya; and also by his great grandchildren Aliyah Cacho, Xavier Cacho, Ana-Marie Cacho, and Ahleena Murillo.

He will be greatly missed by many and remembered by his witty sense of humor, his black or blue Jeans and white T-Shirt, and that warm smile that he always blessed us all with. We love and miss you…



  1. My Deepest Sympathy to all the family members. May his soul Rest In Peace. My prayers to you all. Sincerely,
    Andrea Chavez

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