Tony Meza Melena, “90” of Santa Maria, passed away, and went to heaven, on January 7, 2018. He was born in Lompoc, on March 17, 1927. Tony attended El Camino Jr High. Tony lost his father when he was 8. He completed 7th and 8th at El Camino Middle School. Then, he went to work to help support his mother and siblings. At the young age of 17, Tony enlisted in the United States Army, fought and earned Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge in 1945.
He married Carmen Rea in Yuma Arizona in 1948. Tony and Carmen lived in Santa Maria. Then, Tony married Patricia Carr in 1983. Tony belonged to the Cement Mason union for 35 years. Tony was preceded in death by his parents Pascual and Ysabel Melena, his wife Carmen, and daughter Maria, brothers John and Pricilla Melena, Santos Melena, Joseph Melena, sisters Lupe Melena, Margarita and Rudy Flores, Cresentia and Lino Diaz. Tony is survived by his wife Patricia Melena, his sister Mary Lou Garcia and her husband Ray, his daughter Ysabel Saunders and her husband Carl, Mary J. Rosas, Marta Cohen and her husband Peter, RoseAnn Martinez and her husband Hugo, sons, Tony Jr. Melena and his wife Margaret, George Melena and his wife Tina and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Private visitation will be at Chapel Magner-Maloney Funeral Home on Thursday January 18, 2018 at 3pm-4pm, Public visitation will be at 4pm-6pm and a Rosary at 6:00pm in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be on January 19, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church with a burial in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory
600 East Stowell Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-925-2753 Fax: 805-922-4930