Pascual Padilla, a life-long resident of Paso Robles, Calif., passed away in Tehachapi on Jan. 12, 2018. Pascual was born on May 17, 1928 in the mining town of New Idria. As a child he loved to roam around the hills in New Idria with his dog, “Puppy.”
At the age of 15, he joined the Merchant Marines and needed his mother to sign his paperwork. His mother signed the document, thinking it was for a driver’s license, and saw her son two years later. He had a lot of explaining to do when he got home.
Pascual also served as a Tank Commander during the Korean War, and later served in the National Guard and was stationed at Camp Roberts.
On June 19, 1954 “Bubba” married the love of his life, Patricia Allred. Together they had three children. Bubba put his family first and foremost.
Pascual loved life and his country. He loved to catch abalone off the rocks in Cambria with his family. He served as a pee wee league coach, Boy Scout Troop leader and a girls “Ponytail league” coach.
Bubba worked many occupations including migrant worker, meat cutter at Bryan’s Beef and an iron worker.
Pascual is survived by his wife, Patricia Padilla; his daughter, Regina Padilla- Bohanon (Charles), sons: Martin Padilla (Krista) and Michael Padilla (Tami); and many grandchildren and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pascual and Antonia Padilla.
Bubba was an “advocate for the people.” He always fought his own battles, including the P.R.U.S.D. and Paso Robles City Council. He challenged Paso Robles City Council to avoid his residence on Merry Hill Rd. from being annexed to the city of Paso Robles. When he moved to Tehachapi his former residence was still in SLO County.
In November 2015, he and his daughter went to Washington D.C., on the Kern County Honor Flight. Bubba, you will be missed, but forever loved!!
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the Paso Cemetery.