Thomas O. Armenta
September 16, 1923 – December 20, 2015
Thomas O. Armenta, 92, of El Centro, died on December 30, 2015, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Brawley.
He was born on September 16, 1923, in Los Angeles, CA, to Thomas Armenta and Artemisa Olguin. During the depression, his father lost his job and sold their house to relocate the family of seven in Mexico where they bought a farm. Children were home taught in English and Spanish to work on the farm.
He met his future wife, Margarita Chairez, an American neighbor, while living in Mexicali. They were married on July 4,1943, and had seven children. In 1950, they moved to Calexico and later to El Centro where he lived 50 years.
While living in Calexico, he learned and mastered the trade of sheet metal worker for a successful air conditioning business. He continued working for two other companies owned by Sam Gaddis Sr., Dan Aguirre and Max Castillo until his 80s.
He loved to read and spent his free time reading non-fiction detective stories when he wasn’t telling his children his hilarious stories of the time when he worked as a fieldworker, driving other fieldworkers or manning a food truck. He was a Democrat and discussed politics openly. He kept up with the current events.
His parents, his daughter Bertita, his son Tomasito, his wife Margarita Chairez Armenta (1993), his grandson Ruben Ruiz, his brothers Gilberto, Manuel and Alejandro Armenta, and his sister Bertha Armenta Gonzalez preceded Thomas in death.
Thomas is survived by his children, Margaret Sauza from Heber, Alejandro Armenta from San Diego, Rosa Lizardi from Chino Hills, Frances Terrazas and Tommy Armenta both from El Centro, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 11 great great-grandchildren, a few cousins, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are planned for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Hems Brothers Mortuary, 1975 South Fourth Street, El Centro, California.