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Samuel Wayne Vega, Sr.
Wayne was born in Porterville on Feb. 17, 1955 and he passed away Jan. 15, 2012 at his home.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Vega; his children, Jamie Barlow, Rodney Barlow, and his wife Nannette Johnson, Sarah Vega, Samuel “Bob” Vega Jr., and his wife, Carrita Wilson, Natalie Vega, and her husband, Pascual Talavera; grandchildren, Colby, Cory and Jami Vega, David and Melissa Barlow, Kara, Alex, Sabrina and Joshua Barlow, Julian Root, Victoria Hunter and Vincent Begay, Anthony Vega, Manny, Camile and Richie Talavera; and two great-grandchildren, Calista Vega and Dominic Duckey.
Wayne is also survived by his beloved aunts and uncle, Edna Franco, Alice and Paul Morehead, Helen Nolan, Jerry and Tillie Baily and Kathy Mulberry; brothers and sisters, Tom Salas, Carl Ramos, Tim Palmer and Kristina and Juanita Palmer
In Wayne’s younger years he enjoyed the cowboy life riding with his cousins on the Tule River Reservation.
As a young adult he was an exhibition rider in the professional rodeo with other Native Americans riding Buffalos.
Wayne worked for CalTrans Department of Transportation for 33 years as a heavy equipment operator on special crews.
Wayne started work for Caltrans District 9 in 1979 and was promoted in 1983 to a service assistant in maintenance. He was promoted again in 1984 to a Caltrans highway maintenance worker, then in 1991 Wayne continued up the Maintenance ladder promoting to a Caltrans equipment operator and went to work for special crews, who stripes our highways.
Wayne was a dedicated employee in his craft as a striping switch man. He always said, “We are Professionals!”
Wayne always cared about the work he did and made sure it was the best quality work he could do. Several times Wayne has acted as lead worker to keep the work going for the department.
Wayne was a special kind of a guy, a kind and generous man, who seldom took time off of work, and donated hundreds of personal leave hours to Caltrans co-workers in time of need.
He will be greatly missed by all his co-workers and friends in the Caltrans family.
Wayne’s real joy in life was his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brune Mortuary Chapel in Bishop followed by a luncheon at the Community Center on Barlow Lane.