OBIT­U­ARY

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LES­LIE “RUSTY” SILVA

Rusty, as ev­ery­one knew him, was born Oc­to­ber 4, 1949 in Stock­ton, CA the only child of Leo and Betty Silva. Rusty passed away at Sut­ter Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Sacra­mento on Au­gust 6, 2018 sur­rounded by his loved ones. Rusty grew up in River­bank at­tend­ing Car­dozo School, Oak­dale High School class of 1967, Modesto Jr. Col­lege, and grad­u­ated and re­ceived his teach­ing cre­den­tial from Hum­boldt State Univer­sity. Rusty is sur­vived by his wife of 48 years Lynda and daugh­ter Michelle. He is also sur­vived by nieces and neph­ews, many cousins and a lot of friends and for­mer stu­dents. He was pre­ceded in death by his daugh­ter Kather­ine Silva, his par­ents Leo and Betty Silva, and his grand­par­ents Dick and Ines Mott and Les and Lela Silva.

Rusty’s pas­sion was foot­ball both play­ing it in high school and col­lege then be­ing able to coach high school foot­ball for 39 years. His teach­ing and coach­ing started at River­bank High School where he taught Science and PE and coached foot­ball, wrestling, fresh­man bas­ket­ball and track. In 1986, he trans­ferred to Tur­lock High School where he taught PE and a few classes of Bi­ol­ogy but most of all coached foot­ball. He re­tired from teach­ing in 2007, but con­tin­ued coach­ing in the foot­ball pro­gram for an­other four years. Rusty helped coach in the Lions All Star games on four dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. He truly loved watching films in prepa­ra­tion for up­com­ing games dis­sect­ing the op­po­nent’s plays and how to de­fend against them. Be­fore the dig­i­tal age he would drive Lynda and Michelle crazy as he watched games frame by frame.

Rusty also loved the out­doors and went on many fish­ing trips with his dad, grand­fa­ther, and fish­ing bud­dies. There were many tales of who caught the big­gest, the most and the ones that got away. Hunt­ing ducks be­came an­other sport, first hunt­ing from a float­ing blind on the reser- voir and later as a mem­ber of Fether­ston Duck Club where he and his dog spent many hours to­gether. He learned to cook the ducks and he and his daugh­ter Michelle loved them. Golf was his third pas­sion un­til he hurt a mus­cle and had trou­ble swing­ing a club but he loved watching it on TV.

He and Lynda loved to travel by car and had some great ad­ven­tures find­ing new places and new roads. They man­aged to see al­most all of the states west of the Mis­sip­pippi. He had the op­por­tu­nity to go on an Alaskan fish­ing trip, an Alaskan cruise and a third trip to Alaska with Lynda and his dad. As an avid Giants fan he at­tended games in SF and rarely missed them or the War­riors on TV.

He was a mem­ber of River­bank United Methodist Church where he served on many com­mit­tees, and a mem­ber of the Ma­sonic or­der.

A vis­i­ta­tion will be held Fri­day, Au­gust 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at River­bank Memo­rial Chapel, 3131 Santa Fe St., River­bank. A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held Satur­day, Au­gust 18 at 10 a.m. at Com­mu­nity United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar, Oak­dale. Burial will fol­low at Lake­wood Ceme­tery. A lun­cheon will be held at River­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3600 Santa Fe St.

The fam­ily in­vites all those at­tend­ing to wear ca­sual at­tire and if you were a coach or a player wear your shirts. Rusty’s fa­vorite at­tire was a Tshirt and a pair of shorts and this is a day to re­mem­ber a won­der­ful man, hus­band, fa­ther and friend to all he met.

In lieu of flow­ers re­mem­brances can be sent to River­bank United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1091, River­bank, CA 95367 or Tur­lock High School for the Rusty Silva Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund, 1600 W. Canal Dr., Tur­lock, CA 95381 to es­tab­lish a foot­ball schol­ar­ship in his name.

The River­bank (Calif.) News Aug. 15, 2018

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