Emilio “Pop” Cervantes Gamboa, 95, a resident of Folsom, entered heaven on March 5, 2023 after a brief illness.
Emilio was born January 25, 1928 in Chualar, California, to Efiano and Elidia Cervantes Gamboa. He was the second born of 5 children. When Emilio was 5, his parents moved the family to Durango, Mexico. At 18 years old, Emilio moved back to California and enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1947, serving for 31 years and retiring in 1978. He was proud of serving in the military. Emilio took pride and embraced his Mexican heritage: he enjoyed mariachi music, spicy food, and an occasional shot of Tequila.
Emilio became interested in upholstery work and developed a passion for it; he bought an industrial sewing machine and perfected the art of upholstery. His last project was in 2022. Emilio enjoyed watching Novelas and baseball year-round. He loved the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed bantering with his loved ones that were Dodgers fans.
Emilio enjoyed golf, was adventurous, and loved gathering with family and friends. Emilio was a committed family man, lived a good life, and was loved by many.
Emilio Gamboa is survived by his wife of 33 years, Martha Gamboa of Folsom, whom he often called “the love of his life.” They met on a blind date and were married on March 17, 1990. He is also survived by his son David Gamboa of Sacramento and daughters Diana Santellano and Anna Gamboa, both of Wyoming, and stepchildren Cesar Moreno, Sandra Moreno, and David Moreno of Folsom. In addition, he leaves 45 grandchildren (including great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren).
Emilio Gamboa was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. Emilio married Hazel Gamboa, and they had three children. She passed away from a terminal illness in 1989.