Manuel Puentes Obituary

Manuel Diaz Puentes
Manuel Diaz Puentes

June 22, 1916 - December 3, 2018
Born in Califonia
Resided in Campbell, California


Surrounded by his loved ones, Manuel Diaz Puentes died peacefully at the age of 102 in Campbell, California on Monday December 3, 2018.

Manuel was one of 8 children born to Julio and Virginia Puentes from Santa Maria de Los Angeles, Mexico. Manuel was born in the small community of Limonera in the outskirts of Santa Paula, California. He was married to the late Theresa Landin Puentes for sixty six years and together they raised five children.

Along with his brothers and their father, Manuel played a key role in establishing a tortilla factory that soon grew into a major distributor of other Mexican food products.

Puentes Brothers quickly became an iconic name well beyond the San Francisco Bay Area after the hub opened on North Tenth and Mission Streets in San Jose.

While working long hours every day, the Puentes brothers found time to give back to the San Jose community and they were honored several times by organizations that appreciated their generosity.

Manuel was always proud of service to his country. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the second World War and served in the North Africa theatre. While he rarely spoke about his combat years, those close to him knew he experienced war at its worst.

Longtime residents of San Jose and beyond remember all too well the Puentes Brothers trucks that crisscrossed the Bay Area bringing food to countless supermarkets and restaurants. Often during three decades, the Puentes brothers would remember when they would sell tortillas door to door encouraged by their father who knew his children were pursuing the dream he had asked them to find.

He is preceded in death by his wife Theresa Landin Puentes and his son Manuel L. Puentes. Survived by his children Carmen (Tom) Connolly, Ray L. Puentes, Virginia (George) Guzalowski and Theresa (Joe) Mariscal. His grandchildren Katie, Thomas IV, Maureen, Nick, Ryan, Jackie and Ruby. His great grandchildren Carroll, Alice and Violet.

Manuel Puentes was a San Jose icon, a merchant, a philanthropist, a war veteran and above all a husband and father.

Friends and Family are invited to attend a Vigil Service Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:00P.M with Visitation beginning at 3:00P.M at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-ALAMEDA MISSION CHAPEL, 600 S. 2nd Street, San Jose. Funeral Mass Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00A.M at St. Lucy Parish, 2350 Winchester Blvd., Campbell. Entombment with military honors to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.

Donations in Manuel's memory may be sent to Rigo Chacon's Abrazos and Books Scholarships at 255 W. Julian St. Suite 503A, San Jose, CA 95110.

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Vigil Service
Lima-Campagna-Alameda Mission Chapel
600 South Second Street
San Jose, CA US 95112
Thursday, January 3, 2019
7:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Saint Lucy Parish
2350 Winchester Blvd
Campbell, California United States 95008
Friday, January 4, 2019
11:00 AM
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery
490 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, CA United States 95050
Friday, January 4, 2019
12:30 PM