He was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Colorado and moved to San Francisco as a boy. After returning home from the Army, he lived in Newark and Fremont before moving to Pleasanton in 1976. He spent more than 40 years working in the auto industry for General Motors then New United Motors before retiring in 2006. Upon his retirement from NUMMI he spent his mornings helping his son-in-law at Richert Lumber. His life centered around his family and any day of the week you could find him spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed a quiet and peaceful life surrounded by those that loved him the most.
Mr. Ortiz is survived by his daughter Amanda Richert and her husband Matt of Pleasanton; daughter Tami Spradlin and her husband Dana of Ruidoso, N.M.; and son Daniel Ortiz and his wife Christina of Patterson; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice (www.hopehospice.com).
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