“Tony” Berumen Sr., 95, a longtime resident of Knightsen, California, passed away peacefully Friday, March 5, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was living in Colusa, California, with his daughter Barbara and son-in-law, Tim Arterberry, under the care of Sutter North Hospice. Tony had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
Tony was born on Sept. 3, 1925, in Huejucar, Jalisco, Mexico. He came to the United States with his parents, Jose and Josephine Berumen as an infant. Tony attended schools in the Oakey/Brentwood area. He grew up in Knightsen and remained there until the death of his wife, Mary, in 2011. Tony had six brothers and two sisters. He is survived by brothers, Jess Berumen of Elk Grove, Angelo Berumen of Knightsen, and sister, Mary Berumen, of Brentwood and many nieces and nephews.
Tony began his employment with US Steel in 1947, then married Mary B. Aguilar in 1951. Tony entered Military Service with the United States Army in 1955, stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He was Honorably Discharged in 1956. Tony was employed by US Steel for 40 years, retiring in 1987. He was a Bearing man Repairman.
Tony and Mary began their family in 1952. They had four children, Barbara, Susan, Tony Jr., and Donna. Tony’s greatest accomplishments and joys were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tony lost his beloved wife and mother of his four children in 2011. They were married 59 years at the time of her death.
If you knew the Berumen boys, they were all avid sports fans and devoted to their San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. In 1965, he carried that love for sports into his lengthy commitment to coaching Little League in 1965; coaching his son, Tony Jr. Tony took pride and loved coaching. He finally hung up his coaching hat after 33 years.
While living in Knightsen, Tony began his volunteer fire fighting career with the Knightsen Volunteer Fire Department in 1952. We are proud to say that he was one of the founding members. He took this commitment to KVFD very seriously and made life-long friends while protecting our little town of Knightsen for 35 years. He proudly served as Captain from 1972-1988.
Tony is survived by three of his children, Barbara Arterberry (Tim), Susan Misquez, and Tony L. Berumen, Jr. (Debbie). His daughter, Donna Carrillo preceded him in death in 2010. Tony was a proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren, Bobby (Trena), Stephanie (Glisper), Steven (Cindy), Ryan (Chelsea), Sean, Derrick (Brittany), Kaila, Brooke, Aimee (Deon) and Amber Carrillo. Tony and Mary also babysat a young man by the name of Carl Wenske, who became one of the family. He respectfully referred to them as “Mama” and “Papa.” He was a proud great-grandfather of 24 great-grandchildren Karrah, Davin, Adrian, Robert, Ryan, Jacob, Noah, Kaleb, Tito, Justin, Aaliyah, Lil’ G, Julian, Sophia, Lily, Maison, Stevie, Myles, Ethan, Donavon, Aniya, DeAndre, Russell and Gianna.
Tony will be remembered for his commitment to his job and interests in life, for his caring and compassionate ways while serving others, for his kindness and gentle spirit, and soft-spoken manner. Services for Tony will be held at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch, CA 94509.
Visitation will be on April 9, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Military Funeral Honors will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Liturgy and will conclude with the Fire Department Honors. Due to COVID Restrictions, services are limited to 125 guests.