Victor Nasario Contreras

July 28, 1937 - May 30, 2024
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Victor Nasario Contreras

July 28, 1937 – May 30, 2024.

The patriarch of our family peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in his Elk Grove home.

He was 86 years old.

The youngest of eight children to Jesús and Josephine Contreras, Victor was born in the copper-mining town of Jerome, Ariz.

After moving to California, Victor’s family lived in a barn on a working ranch between the delta towns of Iselton and Rio Vista.

Victor often recalled working on the ranch, side-by-side with his brothers and father, while still being able to play fast-pitch softball for the Rio Vista Dodge Dodgers and basketball at Rio Vista High School, where he graduated in 1956.

Before enlisting into the United States Marines Corps, Victor first laid his eyes on Racheal Chaparro. He would often later tell his grandchildren, “I knew I had to have her.”

He did, for 62 years of marriage.

Victor loved his three children and eight grandchildren, but his ultimate love was his wife. He would not keep Racheal waiting in Heaven, joining her exactly one week following her burial.

Victor was a proud veteran of the Marines, telling his children and grandchildren many stories about his experiences and love for the corps.

Victor loved long-distance truck driving, but with a young family he wanted to stay closer to home. He was a meat cutter for more than 30 years before retirement.

Upon retirement, Victor enjoyed working in his yard, growing competition squash and pumpkins, and walking his beloved dog Max throughout the neighborhood – often stopping to chat with neighbors. Victor could also be found at home nodding off in front of the TV, the remote control slipping through his thick hands onto the floor.

“Grandpa’s asleep,” his giggling grandchildren would say.

“Darn it,” he would reply. “No, I’m not. It just slipped.”

Victor loved many things in life. He loved watching the Giants win three World Series and his 49ers win five Super Bowls. “Nobody was better than Joe Montana,” he would say. He loved his neighbors, who were always quick to lend a helping hand.

He loved watching John Wayne movies (“True Grit” his favorite) and he loved having served his country as a Marine.

But his greatest love was telling jokes to everyone, especially while in the hospital. He loved getting the many nurses that cared for him to laugh, even while he was often in pain. And all the nurses fondly called him “Grandpa Vic,” a title he loved. Neighborhood children, grocery store clerks, fire department EMTs all fondly called him “Grandpa Vic.”

And he would smile.

Victor is proceeded in death by his wife Racheal. He leaves behind his children Victor Kerry, Lisa Macias (Steven) and Lynda Villalobos (Pedro).

He takes to Heaven the hearts and love of his grandchildren Michael Crane-Macias (Tony), Monica Valente (Chris), Larissa Marquez, Rebecca Villalobos, Christopher Villalobos, Joseph Macias, Victor Adam Contreras and Cristina Contreras.

Victor is survived by his sisters Ermelinda Rasey and Ernestine Trinidad, and proceeded in death by siblings Mary Orozco, Percy Contreras, Frederico Contreras, Helen Morton and Gloria Hall.

The viewing is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Sacramento.

A rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The funeral mass will take place Friday, June 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Grove at 11:30 a.m.

Final viewing before mass begins at 10:30-11:15 a.m. The burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 1 p.m. with a reception following at St. Joseph’s hall.

Flowers in Victor’s memory should be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery by the afternoon of June. 27.