Turlock teenager dies from stabbing
A week that saw teenagers celebrating graduations across the city ended in tragedy when Turlock Police detectives were called out to investigate the death of a 17-year-old who was fatally stabbed leaving a party.
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Rodney (Rod) Anthony Borba
Oct 22, 1946 - Mar 11, 2023
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Rodney (Rod) Anthony Borba, 76, a retired excavation and grading contractor passed away on Saturday, March 11th in Cool, California. Rod was born on October 22, 1946, in Modesto, CA. He was a graduate of Turlock High School where he wrestled, played football, and was a proud founding member of the Ports Auto Club.

Rod loved spending time with his family including his grandchildren and great-grandson. Rod enjoyed RVing, visiting the coast, deep sea fishing, telling stories, and was a foodie at heart. He was a Masons, BPO Auburn Elks, and Pilot Hill Grange member. As the founder of Borba Grading, he enjoyed dirt work of all kinds. He would often comment, the work he did was pleasing to the eye and enjoyed seeing the finished project. Rod was raised on the Borba Dairy in Crows Landing of the Mountain View area, where he gained his strong work ethic and his love for driving trucks and tractors at a young age. Rod was the third in line of five siblings.

He was a pillar of the Divide community for 41 years and after retiring he would make deliveries for his wife at Cool Florist and Gifts.

Rod is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary “Rosie” (Bettencourt) Borba; children, Robin Besotes (husband Jeff) and son Roger Borba (wife Tina), his three grandchildren; Justin Besotes (wife Courtney), Amber Borba (Dan) and Roger Anthony Borba II (wife Alyssa); and great-grandson Clayton Besotes; brother John Borba (wife Sharlene) and Kathie Lankford (husband Jerry), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Virginia (Van Buskirk) Borba, and older brothers Donald and Robert Borba.

Rod will be interred at Turlock Memorial Park. In honor of Rod, donations can be made to Snowline Hospice or the BPO Auburn Elks. A memorial service will be planned in the near future.