Alfonso R. Cardenas, 79, of Brewster went to be with our Father in Heaven Jan. 11, 2014. Alfonso was born Jan. 23, 1934 to Herlinda Cardenas in Donna, Texas. As a young child he moved with his mother to California where he grew up and got his education.
In 1953, he returned to Texas where he met the love of his life Carmen Rengel. They were married Nov. 8, 1954. In 1958, the family moved to Montana where he worked on a cattle ranch. In 1962, the family, that now included five children, came to Washington State where Alfonso worked as a crew boss for a Tonasket apple orchard. He got involved in Little League baseball. His boys loved the game and for several years he coached Little League teams. Some boys who are now men still remember him and say “Hey, Al, the best coach I ever had.” In 1979, the family moved to Brewster where Al worked for Ed and Evie Pariseau for the next 20 years. These were the best years of his life.
Al was a family man and his children and grandchildren were very important to him. He loved them all dearly, and they all loved him back. As an extra blessing, at the time of his death he also had 18 great-grandchildren.
Al was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, of Brewster; five sons, David of Spokane, Alfonso Jr. of Omak, Alex (Janis) of Okanogan, Louie (Cindy) of Moses Lake and Paul of Tacoma; and two daughters, Elaine of Brewster and Carmen (George) Patrick of Okanogan; 27 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and his 94-year-old mother-in-law.
He was rich in love.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan. A dinner will follow at the Okanogan Eagles.