In Loving Memory of\n\nMichael Joseph Maldonado Sr.\n\nBorn\n\nApril 13, 1956\n\nPassed on \n\nApril 2, 2022\n\nHe was 65 years old at the time of his passing (just 11 days short of his 66th birthday.\n\nIt is with broken hearts that we say goodbye.\n\nMike was hospitalized on March 1st for a bypass surgery, since then he developed numerous complications which eventually led to his demise.\n\nHe was proceeded in death by his daughter Trudy. Trudy saw his pain and suffering and reached out her hands saying "Come with me dad, rest now free of pain. Together we will watch over our family until it's their time to join us."\n\nMike leaves behind his wife of 47 years. 3 sons, Michael Jr., Steven and Paul Maldonado.\n\n4 granddaughters, Mariah Salido, Nicole Thomas, Desirae and Lilyana Maldonado. 1 grandson, Xzavior Maldonado. 1 great grandson, Jace Salido. 3 great granddaughters, Zayla Moreno, Lily and Lila Salido. His father, Miguel Maldonado Jr., his mother Barbara (Guthrie) Peyron. 1 brother, David Maldonado Sr. 4 sisters, Cheryl Milburn, Carol Jackson, Barbara Lee and Rosanna Alvarez. Also several nieces and nephews.\n\nMike has resided on the Tule River Reservation since he was 15 years old.\n\nMike was employed for CCC by the Tule River Tribe. While employed there he was sent to Ohio for a 6 week training. \n\n He was also a volunteer fire fighter.\n\nHe participated in the Rural Ventures Farm Project growing and harvesting tomatoes for the tribe. \n\nHe was employed briefly by American Lumber Industries in Johnsdale, he left because there was no housing available.\n\nHe worked at various packing houses as a fork lift operator in Watsonville, Terra Bella, Porterville and Strathmore.\n\nHis last employment was as a Security Guard at Eagle Mountain Casino beginning in 1995 prior to their actual opening. He worked there until he was forced to retire for medical reasons.