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Raymond Felix Zubillaga – April 19, 2019

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Raymond Felix Zubillaga

Raymond Felix Zubillaga entered into rest on April 19, 2019 at his home in Susanville. He was the only son born to Jean and Emelia Zubillaga on August 27, 1953 in Susanville, California. Raymond attended local elementary schools moving on to graduate from Lassen High School in 1971. After high school, he attended Sierra College for a short while, but soon returned home to be with his family in Gardnerville, Nevada. He worked at the Sierra Motel helping his parents to remodel and add on to the motel property. He also held jobs at local ranches and the mill. He moved to Reno and worked for TSI, Helms Construction, Sierra Rental Transport, Harco, and other transport and construction companies. He returned to his hometown to drive a logging truck for Flintstone Logging. He later became owner-operator of Raymond Zubillaga Trucking hauling logs, chips, hay, livestock, equipment, and construction materials. He spent 40 years driving trucks on highways and backroads across the western United States and Canada. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his work.

Raymond was a jack of all trades. He was skilled in woodwork, an expert mechanic, a green-thumb gardener, a seasoned winemaker, a knowledgeable handyman, a clever mus player, and a creative storyteller. “Impossible” was not a word in his vocabulary. If he did not know how to do it, he figured out a way to get it done.

Raymond’s pride and joy were his children. He loved taking his kids on his many hauling, hunting, and wood cutting adventures from when they were in diapers to grown adults. He enjoyed putting his skills to use with various school and youth projects. Daddy daughter dances, sporting events, graduations, and college trips were never missed. As the children became older, he became a mentor, friend, and confidante. One of his greatest joys was teaching his children useful life skills and many of the family’s traditions.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jean. He is survived by his four children, Jean, Dominica, Miren, and Erinn; his mother, Emelia; two sisters, Anita (Jean Pierre) and Teresa (Miguel); and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing Thursday, May 2, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 3 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Lassen Humane Society, and Knights of Columbus.

 

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