Mario “Mo” Sanchez – undeniably the biggest Yankees fan of all time, left for the big league on April 24, 2021 surrounded by family in Turlock, California. Mo was born on September 5th, 1974 in Oakland, California to Mario Sanchez & Sylvia Gonzales.
During his youth, memories were made on annual trips to Disneyland or Lake Tahoe while listening to Engelbert Humperdinck on 8-track. Mo graduated Patterson High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football. After high school Mo attended California State University, Stanislaus where he studied business. After college Mo worked at UPS, Oakland Airport. Mo worked for 18 years at AAA insurance company and most recently at Nelson and Jameson in Turlock.
In 2011 Mo was introduced to Aimee at the Newman Fall Festival Volleyball Tournament. Their connection was instant and they soon fell in love. Mo proposed on Christmas Eve 2014 and they wed in Lake Tahoe on June 6th, 2016. From cocktails and card games to road trips to Reno and Cambria, their relationship brought fun and laughter wherever they went. Mo often said that Aimee “is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Mo was a renowned wordsmith; known for inserting his personal wit in any conversation and penning an occasional soliloquy on Instagram. Mo was great conversationist and could strike up a conversation with just about anyone, seriously though, he could talk to anyone about anything. He was a kind, genuine listener and always made sure others needs were met before his own. Mo was a man who everyone loved and he loved everyone back even harder.
If it was a Wednesday and you needed to find Mo, look no further than the River Oaks Golf Club. A connoisseur of bourbon, a bacon aficionado, and an admirer of any Family Guy episode; Mo had impeccable taste. Mo, a self-proclaimed die-hard Yankees fan, loved anything Yankees themed and his wardrobe is proof of that. Mo loved get-togethers and hosted an annual Kentucky Derby where friends and family drank mint julips and watched the ponies race.
Mo will be terribly missed by his family and loved ones. Mo was undeniably the best; the best father, friend, son, husband, brother, uncle, and papa. You are leaving a void that couldn’t be filled but you leave us with lessons and memories. This isn’t good bye – but a see ya later; we will meet one day on a warm beach with drinks in our hands.
Mo was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emiliano & Maria De Jesus Sanchez and Jesse Gonzales.
Mo is survived by his wife Aimee (AKA Mrs. Gallagher), children Hattie, Bo, Bailey, grandchildren Leila, Leo and his arch nemesis Daisy the shih tzu. Mo is also survived by his mother and father, his brother Jesse Sanchez, sister Yesenia Sanchez, brother-in-law Todd Hoos, nieces Leighanna Sanchez, Ashlee, Megan, and Isabel Hoos, and nephew Elijah Sanchez.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mo’s memory can be made to Community Hospice at hospiceheart.org or by calling (209) 577-0705.
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Stacie Hernandez saysMay 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm
MO. My fellow Yankees fan and co-worker. I am a little list for words my.friend. thank you for your friendship, laughs and baseball stats of our team. No matter what holiday it was you always remembered me and my family with a text starting out as hey my friend I wish you and the family a happy or merry or even just a once in awhile how ya doing in a good ol new Yorker tone..haha..I am thankful and grateful for our AAA bond of friends and you will always have a place in our hearts and my families thoughts. You were a true gentleman and friend. There won’t be a Yankees game that I see or hear that I wont think of ya and your dedication to them as a fan. May you rest easy my friend and thank you for your kind friendship. GO Yankees!! Sincerely Stacie & Fernando
Alan Aliga saysApril 30, 2021 at 7:08 am
Mo, I’ll always remember our epic mid week table tennis battles, hanging out with you, the only NY Yankees fan in sea of SF Giants during the baseball outings with the boys and our few golf rounds sipping Jameson. Rest in Paradise my friend. I picture you smiling down on all of us while play catch with all the Yankee greats. You will be sorely missed.
Gabriel Salindong saysApril 29, 2021 at 3:48 am
Rest easy big guy!!! Save a spot for me at the bar to watch some baseball
Steven Park saysApril 27, 2021 at 5:25 pm
Mo, Thank you for the honor I had to call you friend. I was driving to work this morning and FreeBird came on the radio and the first verse is ” If I leave here tommorow will you still remember me “. Mo the answer is yes. I will miss you brother. Rest high on that mountian my friend.
CHARL WOODS saysApril 27, 2021 at 2:56 pm
Mo was truly a great guy, He was always courteous and kind, he had a fantastic sense of humor and always had time to listen.
From the moment I met him at Nelson-Jameson I could tell he was genuine and sincere, someone you wanted on your team.
He will truly be missed and I send my deepest condolences to his family.
Paul Cardoso saysApril 27, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Mo was one of those rare people whom you meet for one minute and they make you feel like you have known them for years. Thanks for the brief memories. We will drink a beer for you at 209. Rest in peace Happy trails, until we meet again.
Kyle Willfahrt saysApril 27, 2021 at 11:39 am
It was always a joy speaking with Mo on the phone. I knew when he started at NJ he was a good person and always willing to learn more. Condolences to Mo’s family at this time.
Pepe Padilla saysApril 26, 2021 at 10:56 pm
I didn’t know Mo that well but when we were together setting up for the annual Christmas party for Telcion he was the first one to jump in with both feet and hands of course . He had a great sense of humor and carried himself well .
I will miss you big guy .
Jaimie saysApril 26, 2021 at 10:38 pm
Mo, “friend” could never come close to describing the role you played in my life. You will always be my brother…and every golf ball I hit that goes straight from this point on…I know you guided for me. I love you brother..:as soon as I get there, we’ll “flip the tee” to see who hits first…then enjoy our round together once again…
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