Manuel Joseph Amaral, a resident of Hilmar his entire life, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the age of 62.
Manuel was born in Turlock, CA, to Paul Amaral and Shirley Santos and raised in Hilmar, graduating from Hilmar High School with the Class of ’76. A welder and fabricator, he worked for Hi-tech Emergency Vehicle Services for 25 years.
Manuel was a die-hard fan of the A’s and 49ers, a Harley enthusiast, and, in his private time, he enjoyed learning the guitar. He also loved attending all Hilmar sports activities. For over a decade, he served on the Hilmar-Stevenson Youth Baseball/Softball Leagues, even serving as President for many years.
Manuel is survived by his son, Manuel Derek Amaral; his daughter, Shawnee N. Amaral; granddaughters, Kaylee, Haley, Rylee, and Preslee; brother, Mike Amaral, and sister, Deena Amaral.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, February 12, 2021, at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock. Following the service, Manuel will be laid to rest at North Hilmar Cemetery in Hilmar, CA.