Melvin Ruiz, born Oct. 4, 1936, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2017 at home.
He was born in Saugus, Calif., to Henry and Juanita Ruiz. The family moved from Saugus to Mariposa in 1955. A few years later they moved to the current homestead on Ben Hur Road near Raymond.
Both Henry and Juanita lost many of their immediate family members on March 12, 1928 when the St. Francis Dam located in San Francisquito Canyon near Los Angeles broke.
After a tour of duty in the U. S. Army, Melvin worked as a heavy equipment operator and logging truck driver. He later drove trucks in the cement and almond industries.
He enjoyed being outdoors and working with his hands. He was a man who would do anything for anybody and could fix anything that needed repair.Melvin raised cattle for many years. He was the hardest worker and last one standing after a long day tending to fixing fence or baling hay. His work ethic was unsurpassed, always leading by example.
One of Melvin’s greatest loves was his grandkids. He enjoyed hiking the backfields looking for feathers and arrowheads. Often, he would bring back handfuls of fresh watercress.
Melvin was preceded in death by his father, Henry, mother Juanita, and sister Rosemary.
He is survived by his wife, Cassie; children, Lori Robles (Cory Ruiz), Byron Robles (Cindy), Vince Robles (Roni), Melanie Ruiz-Jenkins (Ed); grandchildren, Daniel, Kim ( Joey), Kyle, Taylor, Alisha (Nacona), Kaitlynn (Dale), Hannah and Hunter; great-grandchildren, Haley, Isabel, Miranda, Sarie, Slayden and Bayleigh; nephew, Darrell Cordova (Norma) and family Darren (Serina) and Trevor (Daniela).
Remembrances may be made to Friends of Hospice, P. O. Box 714 Mariposa, CA 95338 or Mariposa Search and Rescue, P. O. Box 276, Mariposa, CA 95338.
A Celebration of Life will be held in March in Raymond.