Bernardo Macias Jr. was born July 9, 1956 and passed away on April 10, 2021 at the age of 64. He started his life in El Paso Texas, and later moved to Madera California. There he met his loving wife of 44 years Minerva and together they had four children: Jesus, Miguel, Jose and Daniel.
Bernardo joined the United States Navy in 1974-1980. After serving his country, He returned home to serve his community. On July 1, 1981, he took his oath as a correctional officer at the Madera County Department of Corrections. There he would find his calling and have a lasting impact on countless individuals. His courage, work ethic and leadership would rise him through the ranks before finally retiring as a Correctional Lieutenant on July 12, 2006. After his retirement, Bernardo joined his wife Minerva in opening his heart and home to the children of the community with a daycare business. The children of the daycare loved him, he was their protector, their role model and friend, including one that held a special place in his heart Jayden Egure (Dido) who referred to Bernardo and Minerva as grandma and grandpa.
Bernardo was a loving and involved father; he enjoyed coaching, he would volunteer to coach for his sons various sports teams from soccer, basketball, and baseball. One of his favorite accomplishments as head coach was coaching three of his sons in the Little League Championship. When he was not coaching, he would be their biggest fan, rooting and cheering them and never missing a game. Bernardo could always be found in his front or back yard with a cold drink in his hand and his music playing. He enjoyed having get-togethers at the house barbecuing, listening to his music and watching football. He would say the food he barbecued was the best and had the best collection of music, which his son Jose would steal and call his own. Bernardo was a sailor, husband, officer, lieutenant, father, provider, coach, fan and friend. However, the title he held close to his heart and meant more to him than any other was the title of "Grandpa".
At the time of his passing Bernardo would have eight grandkids: Celeste, Saryna, Sianna, Matilda, Merrick, Amiya, Maximus and Eli, Also survived by three brothers, Alex, Martin and David and four sisters, Rachel, Olga, Letty and Rosa
Dad you will forever be in our hearts.
Until we meet again.
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