Michael A. Jimenez
April 12, 1958 - May 17, 2000
The year of 1975, our brother joined the Navy and serviced for 4
years. He enlisted at a very young age. Our mother had to sign
for him in order to be able to join the Navy. The service shaped
him into a man. Four years in the service, our brother came home a
different person. He went in as a boy and came home a man.
Our brother was an outdoors man. He loved fishing, camping, cooking
and most of all he loved just being out in the mountains. Where
the wind blows, the rivers run and the sun shines on the face of the
water our brother felt that he was home. He was quite a craftsman.
He took pride in all he did. Cooking is also something he enjoyed
doing. He always cooked meals for our mother. He was a good cook.
To our brother, family was very important. He took the time to
visit and get to know his relatives. Family values were high on his
Our brother Michael had one special place in his heart for the
elders. He would do jobs for them, any type of maintenance work
that was needed. He would fix their wells, do plumbing, electrical
and any type of work that was needed to be done around their homes.
These elders would pay him with food, fruit and even a live turkey
or chicken. They has no money to pay him. Our brother would take
whatever was offered in payment. He did not want to hurt their
feelings. His main objective was to help in any way he could.
Payment was not what he wanted. In his heart he just wanted to help
those that could not help themselves.
We were a family of 5 children, now we are 4. As the years go by we
still find it very hard, knowing that he is gone. We want to
believe that itís just a bad dream and that we will wake up soon. I
donít know how long it takes for the pain to go away. It seems like
just yesterday that our brother was murdered. Only GOD helps us get
through everyday. Memories are all we have. Birthdays and holidays
seem so empty without him. Our brother has been taken away from us
but thanks to GOD for memories, they can never take our memories
away. We love you Michael, we will all hold the many lovely
memories and the love you gave us in our hearts forever.
Mom, Judy, Dorothy, Louise and Peter