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Victor M Menchaca

January 9, 1946 ~ July 26, 2018 (age 72)
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Victor passed away on July 26, after a heroic battle with brain disease. He was smart, charming, and loved every minute of his life.

Victor was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in political science, and then served in the Army where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant. Afterwards, he found a job with Sky Chefs that allowed him to live all over the United States with his family. Along the way, he soaked in everything he could about the local cuisine and vocabulary (his Hawaiian Pidgin accent wasn't great, but he loved the words!) He retired in Gig Harbor, Washington, where he decided it was finally time to learn how to golf. (His accent wasn't so great there, either, but he loved the company!) He was also an active member of a computer club and Spanish club, both life-long interests.

He loved going to the movies with his daughter Julie, who passed away in 2017. They were thrilled to be in each other’s company everywhere from Target to baseball games. He encouraged his daughter Kathy, who lives in San Francisco with her family, to follow her own esoteric and diverse hobbies and interests. He bought her a dulcimer which she delights in having but doesn’t play much, just like her Dad. He loved traveling the world with Myra, his wife of 50 years. They were so taken with the human towers competitions in Catalan, they went to the Concurs de Castells in Tarragona twice in four years.

A memorial service will be held in Gig Harbor in late August. Myra told him years ago that when he died, we would take his ashes and scatter them across the Civil War battlegrounds he loved to study. Vic said, "Sounds wonderful - I can hardly wait!" We wish he had waited longer.

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