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Fortino Valdivia Sr

August 12, 1948 — February 14, 2024

Fortino Diaz Valdivia Sr. passed away on February 14th 2024, in Shafter Ca. at the age of 75. He was born on August 12th, 1948 to Taurino Arcos Valdivia and Vicenta Diaz Valdivia in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He was raised in a family of 4 sisters and 6 brothers. 

At a young age, Fortino worked early mornings before heading to school each day to help support the family. In his late teens he traveled to California for work and settled in Shafter where he met the love of his life Olga Nieto. They married on August 7, 1970 in Shafter, Ca. which became their forever home. They raised 3 children and were married for 53 years. 

While living in Shafter, Fortino worked several jobs including new construction homes, Armstrong Nursery, and retiring from Wilson Ag. Fortino also completed many home improvement projects and took pride in his work. 

He enjoyed taking the family to the Pismo Beach for camping trips, and outdoor adventures. Many memories were made at amusement parks and traveling back to his hometown in Guadalajara to visit family. He was the life of the party when it came to family events, where he took over the dance floor. 

He is survived by his wife Olga Valdivia, and three children, Elizabeth Yeasley married to Greg, Fortino Valdivia Jr., married to Maggie, and Anna Williams married to Leonard. He is survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

Fortino will always be remembered as a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather. Family was everything to him. For many others he will be remembered for his strong work ethic, honesty and being a loyal friend. 

He will be missed by many but never forgotten. 

Rest in Peace. 

 

 


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Visitation

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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343 State Avenue, Shafter, CA 93263

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 22, 2024

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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