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Ignacio "Inas" Matanane

April 19, 1918 August 16, 2016
Ignacio "Inas" Matanane
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Ignacio “Inas” Matanane was born in Piti, Guam 98 years ago, he was the oldest of 5 children. In February of 1940, he left his island homeland and joined the United States Navy. His life was full of adventures and experiences, serving his country, he overcame many obstacles and turned them into opportunities. He was an incredible steward in the US Navy, eventually becoming head of household for many high ranking officers from Commanders to Admirals. His homemade recipes, especially his desserts, were second to none and his effortless hospitality was admired by all those who knew him. His travels in the Navy brought him to many places in the US and abroad, San Francisco, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago and Oklahoma to name a few. Even after retiring from the Navy, because of his incredible work ethic and trustworthy, honest nature, he began to work at the Pentagon, handling security for many top secret operations.
It was in Chicago, where he met the love of his life, Eva Bridges. They were married in 1953 and were an inseparable couple, facing the adventure of life as a team, both hard working, kind and loving, they eventually settled and made their home in Lawton, Oklahoma with their beloved dog, Teddy. There was never a shortage of close friends in Lawton, Inas and Eva were quite a duo and enjoyed a beautiful marriage of 45 years, until she preceded him in death in 1998. After losing the love of his life, he decided to leave his beloved home of Lawton, Oklahoma to be closer to family in Vacaville, CA in 1999.
With the memories of his loving wife, Lawton and his close friends in his heart, he made way for California and adapted to his new home in Leisure Town Senior Community in Vacaville. In true “Inas fashion,” his warm spirit and hospitality made him quite popular among the residents and his signature peanut brittle and lemon chiffon pie were the talk of the town.
He always had a knack for taking life’s challenges and not only making the best of them- he conquered adversity with a true heart, kindness and zest like no other. His endearing Chamorro accent with an Oklahoma southern drawl instantly charmed all those that had ever had the opportunity to share a glass of red wine with him or hear about his many Navy adventures. Although he never had any children of his own, he truly loved his family and always enjoyed the many family get-togethers, he never missed a chance to say “I love my family, I love you all!” He said these words with a genuine sincerity that made all of his family, specifically his many nieces and nephews, feel special. His joy and love of life truly lit up the room and always made him the life of the party, even at 98 years old.
The legacy of Ignacio Matanane lives on is his family, his vitality and delight for life will never be forgotten and will always bring a smile to the faces of those who have been fortunate enough to know and love him.
Ignacio is survived by his loving sister Catalina Matanane Rojas, devoted niece/ caretaker Sandra & James Wilkes, as well as 6 nephews of the Rojas Family, 18 nieces and nephews of the Matanane Family, and many cherished great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eva Matanane, mother, Victorina Matanane, brothers Jesus Matanane, Edward Matanane, Juan Matanane, and brother in law Enrique Rojas
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville on August 25, 2016 at 7pm, (viewing 5pm-8pm) and there will be Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Vacaville on August 26, 2016 at 11:30am.

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5:00 PM 8/25/2016 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/25/2016 8:00:00 PM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

Rosary 7pm

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States





11:30 AM 8/26/2016 11:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

350 Stinson Ave.
Vacaville, CA 95688

St. Mary's Catholic Church
350 Stinson Ave. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

Cemetery Details


Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Final Resting Place

5810 Midway Rd.
Dixon, CA 95620

5810 Midway Rd. Dixon 95620 CA
United States

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