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Paul Anthony Rodrigues May 16, 1950 - February 12, 2022

May 1950 ~ February 2022

Paul Anthony Rodrigues went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, February, 12, 2022. He passed away peacefully at his home in Denair, CA.

Paul was born to his parents, Clarence and Mary Rodrigues, on May 16, 1950 in Bakersfield, CA. Paul grew up on a small farm in Arvin, CA, where he helped his mom and dad with the daily chores. In 1963 the family, Clarence and Mary, John, MaryAnn, Paul, James and Marlissa, moved to a 20-acre ranch on East Tuolumne Avenue in Turlock, CA when Paul was twelve years old.

Paul attended Sacred Heart School, Denair High School, and Modesto Junior College. After working at a few odd jobs, Paul began his career at the Turlock Irrigation District for 33 years. Paul was a lineman and an Electrical Supervisor. He retired in 2012.

In retirement, Paul volunteered at the Sacred Heart School Thrift store, where he helped stocking and organizing merchandise and repairing anything that ran on electricity. Paul was the consummate handyman; he could repair anything. It was said, “If Paul can’t fix it, nobody can.”

Paul is survived by his brother John Rodrigues, John’s wife Linda Rodrigues, brother James Rodrigues, his sisters MaryAnn Rodrigues and Marlissa Carlson, Marlissa’s husband Gregg Carlson, nephews Terry Rodrigues, Chase Carlson, Joshua Rodrigues, and Brint Carlson, and nieces Tracy Rodrigues, Rita Hansen, Jessica Brooks and Lisa Short. He is also survived by his wife of ten years, Linda Rodrigues.

Paul is also survived by his adoptive children, Eden Trevino, Christian Duran the beloved mothers of his four grandchildren, Ana Gonzalez and Jasmine Duran, his grandchildren, Melanie, Caleb, Damian and Aurora, who are the joy of his life.

Paul also leaves behind cousins here in the U.S. and in Europe, great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mary Rodrigues, and his loving partner of 25 years, Christine Duran.

There will be a Rosary held at Allen Mortuary, 247 North Broadway in Turlock, on Monday, February, 21, 2022 at 6 PM and a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 1200 Lyons Avenue in Turlock, at 10 AM on Tuesday, February, 22, 2022. Internment will be private after the Mass.           

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  1. Carolyn Valadon says

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Paul Rodrigues.
    Dear Maryanne, John, Jim, and Marlissa.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was always the quiet one, but had a great sense of humor. We had a great time playing together when we were children.

  2. John Souza says

    I was fortunate to work with Paul at TID for 30 years and to know him as a trusted friend for 40 years. On my first day working at TID I was assigned to help Paul install communications cables at La Grange Power Plant. Paul was an experienced Journeyman Electronic Technician, and I was a green apprentice. Paul patiently spent most of the morning teaching me all the details about how to terminate the many small wires in the communications cable onto a termination block. Toward the end of the day I messed-up and cut one of the wires too short. I assumed a new 3000-foot cable would need to be installed to fix the problem and that I would probably get fired, since I was on probation for the first 30 days. I nervously told Paul the mistake I had made. I couldn’t believe it when he made a little laugh and smiled, explaining that he knew I might make such a mistake and so he had left some slack in a junction box which we could pull on to correct the mistake. No mention of my error was ever made to anyone else and after my probation period I became a permanent employee at TID.

    Paul and I went on to form a special friendship over the following 40 years, helping each other on many occasions in many ways. It won’t be the same without you Paul. I will miss you immensely.

  3. Marcia Fowle Smith says

    God bless you Paul your at peace and with mom and dad. . I met Paul back in 78 after his brother moved next door to us in Denair and then reconnect with him at the thrift shop we both volunteered at Sacred a Heart thrift shop. What a wonderful person his smile and Humor made your sad day turn happy . Handy he was he’d make the broken vacuum come alive or the lamp light up again the thrift shop was like his second home just to tinker. Paul will be missed by so many who loved him and knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.

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