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Heriberto (Bert) Prendez Alvear

Aug. 6, 1941 - July 20, 2019


August 1, 2019 | View PDF

Heriberto (Bert) Prendez Alvear

Heriberto (Bert) Prendez Alvear, 77, passed away July 20, 2019, in Bakersfield.

Bert was born in Palestina, Coahuila, Mexico on Aug. 6, 1941 to Tiburcio and Isabel Alvear and was one of eight children. He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian, of 42 years; his children, Michael (Lucy), Mathew (Maricela) and Michelle (Daniel); five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sisters Catalina Hernandez and Socorro Mendez; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Bert came to Shafter with his family at the age of 5. He graduated from Shafter High School in 1960 and attended Bakersfield College. He married his first wife, Isabel, and moved to Whittier, where he worked as a tool and die maker. After Isabel passed away, he relocated his family to Bakersfield. He worked in oil field maintenance and construction until his retirement. He was proud to become a naturalized citizen in 2015.

When his children were younger, Bert devoted his time as a Boy Scout leader, as well as coaching baseball, soccer and softball. He had a love for classic cars and collecting Hot Wheels, with a vast collection to show for it. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper and family man, and relished the time he spent with his wife and grandchildren.

Visitation was July 26, with Holy Rosary prayed, at Peters Funeral Home, Shafter.

Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Therese Church, Shafter. Interment will be at Shafter Memorial Park.

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