Thomas “Tom” Buantello

Thomas “Tom” Buantello

Apr. 18, 1974 – Dec. 5, 2019

Tomas Buantello, a dispatcher at CRST Trucking, passed away unexpectedly on December 5th, 2019, at the age of 45 at his home in Modesto.

Tomas was born April 18th, 1974. He graduated from Roselawn High School in 1992. Tomas met his high-school sweetheart, Isabelle Mendoza, in 1991, and the two had a beautiful daughter, Alexandria Buantello, in 1994. An amazing baby boy, Thomas Buantello, was born to them two years after.

Tomas was a man who did many things and had many passions in his life. These passions included family, outer space, singing, writing, cycling, and spending time with his friends, just to name a few. Tomas cared about his family more than anything, always making it out to any family functions he was able to attend. He was always the life of the party, entertaining his family and friends with stories, jokes, and just being a great presence overall. He was a co-founder and an avid enthusiast of his cycling club, Central Valley Cruisers, attending and organizing events nearly every weekend and whenever else he could. He will be forever remembered and missed by his family and the many friends he met along his journey.

He is survived by his mother, Lydia Rios, and his step-father, Henry Rios; his sister, Carol Buantello; step brother Henry Rios Jr.; his children, Thomas and Alexandria Buantello; his granddaughter, Sophia Santos; his nieces, Kat Sherley and Ashley Peña; his nephew, Ryan Sherley; his great-niece, Holly Peña; the mother of his children, Isabelle Mendoza; and his beloved dog, Gracie.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock.


  • Isabelle Mendoza December 30, 2019 4:37 am

    We love you and miss you so much!!!

  • Carol Buantello January 1, 2020 12:34 am

    Dear Tom,
    You were the best brother anyone could ever ask for thank you for all of the wonderful memories and fun times we had. You will always be remembered and you will truly be missed forever in our hearts!❤
    Love your Sister,


  • Cassandra Ward January 1, 2020 12:37 am

    Miss you primo! You truly were the life of the party! Going to miss you at the family functions!

  • Julie Sylvester January 1, 2020 3:59 am

    I am truly honored that you allowed me into your heart and into your circle of friends. It was a time in my life that I will always treasure and never forget. Gone too soon…you will forever be missed and thought of often.

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