Manuel Morales Ayala

February 28, 1937 ~ December 7, 2021 (age 84)


Manuel “Manny” Morales Ayala
“An Unforgettable Man”
Born February 28, 1937, in Paso Robles, California

He joined his parents Carmen and Manuel Ayala in heaven on December 7, 2021, at the age of 84.

Manny grew up in Newark, Ca. with his parents and ten siblings. He spoke highly of his mother throughout his lifetime and no one could hold a candle to her. 

He joined the Navy from 1957-1961 and proudly served at USNAS Miramar in San Diego, Ca. on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31).

Manny met his wife-to-be, Madelyn Carvalho, at a dance at the Newark Pavillion and married in 1960. They had three children, two daughters, and a son. They were married for 10 years before separating but later in life put their past aside and started a friendship that would last decades. 

He moved to Kalispell, Montana in 1982 for the picturesque mountains but after two years returned to Ca. due to his newfound distaste of snow to live in the small quiet town of Tollhouse below the Sierra Mountains. Each day he sat together with Sam his trusting dog and faithful companion enjoying his daily cigars, no matter the weather.  

His morning began by tending to cattle and horses on the ranch and enjoying a quiet run all before sunrise. He traveled down to Velasco’s Mexican Restaurant, where he knew he had a good cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting for him. Throughout the years, the friends he met there became more like family. He carried a presence anywhere he went and made an impression on everyone he came in contact with. He had a strong ability for conversation, was a proud Democrat, enjoyed debating politics, discussing current events, sports, and in his own time was an avid reader of western novels and history, reading nearly a book a day. He also loved his western movies, history documentaries, and watching Christmas movies during the holidays, his favorite being Miracle on 34th St.

Manny was a serious lifelong LA Rams fan, loved watching boxing with family, and was an avid golfer earning himself a handicap of 3. 

He enjoyed the calm of fishing from the San Leandro Marina to lakes from California to New York including Canada. One of his favorite joys was spending time with his friends, brothers, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

Proud Mexican-American, from his hats to his boots, our father was an “Unforgettable Man” and always will be.  

Manuel “Manny” is survived by his daughter Francine Arellano and son-in-law Ruben of Tracy, Ca.; daughter Teresa Kronenberger and son-in-law Eric of Victor, NY; son John Ayala and daughter-in-law Diana of Castro Valley, Ca.
Grandchildren: Christina, Ruben Jr., and Daniel Arellano, Derek and Kyle Kronenberger, Celina Conner, Rebecca, and Laura Ayala.
Great-Grandchildren: Isaac Arellano, Zoey Arellano, Raelynn and Kashton Conner, and Maci Heimerl

Survived by siblings: Ray Ayala of Newark, Ca.; Frances Gonzalez of Newark, Ca.; Ortensia (Tangie) Proteau of Newark, Ca.; Minerva (Ayala); MaryHelen Garcia of Los Angeles; Victoria (Vicki) Alamillo of Petaluma.
Predeceased by Siblings: Richard Ayala, Julia Ybarra, Gene Ayala, and Eddie Ayala

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December 20, 2021

12:00 PM
Fry Memorial Chapel
550 S. Central Ave.
Tracy, CA 95376


Valpico Memorial Park
12815 West Valpico Road
Tracy, CA 95376

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