Cayetano “Tano” Canela Pérez, born August 6, 1939 in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, México, returned to his Heavenly home on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 80 years of age, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Prineville, Oregon.
During childhood, his parents, Daniel Pérez Rodríguez, a baker, and María Socorro Pérez Canela (Medina) moved the family to Brownsville, Texas. Tano enlisted in the army at 19 years of age and was stationed in the Pacific Northwest at Fort Lewis, Washington, with the 39th Infantry Division in Munitions. He was honorably discharged in 1961 and continued to work in the Pacific Northwest and visit family in Texas. He married his devoted wife, María Candelaria “Cande” González Pérez on February 22, 1965, in Brownsville. He brought Cande to Oregon and eventually settled in Prineville in 1966 to farm. Tano began to work in the lumber mill in 1981 while still farming, then retired as a millwright in 2011.
Tano obtained his mechanics license in 1966 in Los Angeles and earned his AA in Industrial Mechanics at COCC in 1993. He was also involved with the Prineville Band of Brothers since 2011 and loved providing community service. He also became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1977.
He was a devoted and attentive family man. Tano was a model son, husband, and father, who loved his wife and spent as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren: entertaining them, teaching them life-long skills and giving them words of wisdom.
Tano is survived by his wife, Cande, daughter, María Isabel G. Pérez, son, José Luis (Hyunsun) G. Pérez, 6 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren, his siblings, Elías (Fina) Canela Pérez, Felipa “Paloma” Canela Pérez, Jesús (María) Canela Pérez, Elvira (Fabian, Sr.) Pérez Limas, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ramón Canela Pérez, and infant siblings Emilia, Maria del Socorro, José Luis, and Enrique.
Tano’s remains will be placed at the Willamette National Cemetery with military honors and a memorial will take place in Brownsville with his siblings after the quarantine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prineville Band of Brothers or Partners in Care Hospice.
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