Miguel C. Miranda

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Miguel C. Miranda
August 30, 1957 – December 29, 2015

Visitation services for Miguel will be held on Sunday, January 10, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Saint Margaret Mary Church in Brawley and a Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. Mass services will be held on Monday, January 11, at Saint Margaret Mary Church, officiated by Father Ed Horning at 12:00 P.M. followed by Burial services at the Riverview Cemetery.

Miguel C. Miranda, 58, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, in the city of Brawley.

Miguel was born on August 30, 1957, in Brawley to his parents, Miguel and Hipolita (Nati) Miranda.

He attended Miguel Hidalgo School, Barbara Worth Junior High School and Brawley Union High School where he graduated with the class of 1976.  While in High School he was in the cadets, played football and wrestled.  He also attended Imperial Valley College.

A long-time civic minded individual, Miguel C. Miranda enjoyed his heartfelt involvement with the community and political endeavors as he would say, “for the betterment of the community”. He was a true citizen and servant of the individuals of the community of Brawley.  He was known as the “Amigo de la Comunidad…Friend of the Community”.

In November 2015, Miguel was voted by his constituents to serve as the City of Brawley Treasurer.  He had previously served the City of Brawley as a Council Member and Mayor pro-tempore.

Since 2001, Miguel was Board President of the Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo. He was a Hospitality Ministry member and parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church and as a young boy he served as an altar boy.

In the past, Miguel was involved as a baseball coach, board member, umpire, and announcer with Brawley Little League and Babe Ruth League.  Miguel loved his community and enjoyed helping those in need such as organizing events and holding fundraisers.

In his early years he was actively involved with the Brown Society, Poor Side of Town and Latin Cruisers Low Riders Car Clubs.  He was an honorary member of Hidalgo Society and during his 40 years he was an active member, past president and other board member roles, and master of ceremonies at various annual events. Other public service memberships included Brawley Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Imperial Valley College Affirmative Action Advisory, Pioneers Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Foundation Advisory Council, Brawley American Citizens Club Member and past political chairman, California Rural Legal Assistance board member, Imperial County Manpower Planning Council, North-End Optimist Club and Imperial Valley Housing Authority (Brawley Senior Board Member). He was a past member and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2130.  Miguel also served as a member of the Brawley Elementary School District Advisory Committee.

Miguel was an avid fan of the Raiders Booster Club where you would often hear him say “Raiders in the house”.  He was a coach, supporter, fan and friend of the Brawley Junior Gladiators Wrestling and Brawley Union High School Wrestling Programs.  He participated in the Los Camperos camping group.  Miguel also served as judge for community contests such as the Chili Cook-off and Jalapeno Eating Contest, and was winner of the Jalapeno Eating Contest several years in a row.

Miguel was employed by Friends Outside as a Family Liaison Specialist at Calipatria State Prison and was previously employed by Institute for Social Economic Justice, SER Jobs for Progress, Work Training Center, Campesinos Unidos Inc., and Brawley Elementary School District.

Miguel was a superb individual, husband, father, papa Mike, brother, cunado, yierno, tio, compa and friend to many.  He loved God, his family and his community with all his heart.  He was considerate, genuine, devoted and a loyal man.  He loved spending time with his family.

In 1981 Miguel met the love of his life, Estela Robles and were married in April of 1982.

Miguel is preceded in death by his son, Angel Miranda, parents Miguel and Hipolita Miranda and sister, Virginia Espinoza.

Miguel is survived by wife Estela, son and daughter-in-law Miguel Jr. and Danitza of San Diego, son Alex, attending Medical School at Michigan State University, daughter, Vanessa of Brawley and future son-in-law Andres. Miguel is the enormously proud grandfather to his new grandson, Michael Angel (Mikey).

Additional surviving family members include three brothers, three sisters, three stepsisters, seven sister-in-laws, three brother-in-laws and mother-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, and multiple Godchildren.