Antonio (Tony) Esteban Sandate September 2, 1918 - January 17, 2015 Tony was born in 1918 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and migrated to the United States with his mother and siblings in 1920. He served in the Army Radio Corp during World War II in the Pacific and earned his U.S citizenship. After he completed his service, Tony met and married his beautiful, loving wife Matilde. They were married for 34 years until she passed away in 1986. They lived in Los Angeles and Torrance, where they raised their five children. Tony worked to support his family as an Electronic Technician. He was a humble man with a great strength of character and an adventurous spirit. He had a thirst for knowledge, a passion for travel, astronomy and culture. He was also a keen gardener and inventive handyman. He inspired family and friends as he actively continued his hobbies and interests well into his nineties. Tony's greatest devotion and love was for his family, both close and extended. He quietly cared for them all, as this was a calling he treasured. He lived a long full life and was loved by all. Tony is survived by his youngest sister, five children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Tony passed peacefully into the graces of God on 17 January 2015 and left us enriched with cherished memories. He will be greatly missed.

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  1. My father passed quietly Saturday January 17th at 4am. He suffered from a blood disorder that was driven by a malignancy. After some time in the hospital he returned home. The disease and his age caught up with him. We honored his wishes and gave him comfort and love. Dad you will be missed, but will live in my heart forever,
    Your loving daughter,

  2. I was honored and blessed to be part of Tony’s family through marriage. In the 12 years I knew him, I was amazed at his desire to always learn new things and stay physically active. He will be missed but I take comfort knowing he is reunited with his loving wife in heaven.

  3. I didn’t know Tony personally but I have been friends with his daughter, Carmen, for over 30 years. Tony lived a very active life almost to the end, we should be happy he was so active. My prayers are with him and his family.

  4. Tony Sandate Sr was a kind man who loved learning and exploring. I remember his eyes would light up and his voice would fill with excitement anytime he described his trips or his telescope. These things were important to him and made his live worth living. And he lived a very full life.
    Mr. Sandate affected many people – especially his family. Some of his qualities can be seen in his children. In this way, his memory lives on.
    May God look after him and his family.

  5. My dad lived an amazing long full life. We were so blessed to have him as long as we did. He loved life and even at the age
    of 96 he still had the urge to travel and explore. He was always working and tinkering around the house. He loved to read and write. His vision was better than us kids without glasses. Still had his driver€™s license and drove€quite a feat for his age. When
    I would visit, he would talk to me and share his interests. There are so many stories to tell about him. I am blessed with all my memories and treasure them all.

    I€™m going to miss my visits with him. I€™m going to miss him telling me €œI can do it€ when I would try to help him. He was strong, determined and independent, yet loving in his way. I would kiss him on the cheek, make him kiss me goodbye and tell him I loved him when I left him.

    So I will say it again. I love you Daddy. You and Mother will always be in my heart.


  6. My grandfather lived an amazing life. I often told stories to my friends and colleagues about his travel adventures or the different things he was learning about. From travelling to Peru to see the ruins of the Incas, building his own telescope and taking it to the desert with his special pulley system to move it, getting his plumbing license late in life and trying to get a part-time job, to climbing on the roof in his nineties to change his TV antenna. And insisting he can do it all by himself.
    I am proud to be his grandson and am forevel grateful for him and my grandmother and the loving family they raised in my mother and my aunts and uncles.

  7. while we are all sad at his loss, we must rejoice at the gift of his long and productive life…the legacy he leaves his family is one to embrace life always. Our memories of him will be our comfort.

    May his memory be eternal.

    Cousin Mary

  8. Uncle Tony was a great guy, we are glad to have been apart of his life and enjoyed the time we spend with him. He will be greatly missed!
    Mallory & Ryan Prest

  9. Uncle Tony was more than just a uncle for me, he and Matilde were my godparents. They were like a second family for me growing up as I spent many a night at their home on 107th Street playing with Carmen, Tony Jr, Irene, Rick and Patty. I remember playing in their backyards and having dinner with the family. As we were all close in age it was like having other brothers and sisters. Tony and Matide loved to take the family to the mountains and I think today my love of the mountains and smell of the pine trees probably comes from the early days and excitement of being outdoors with them.

    Recently I feel very fortunate to have been invited to his family Christmas get together where after many years I was able to visit with my Uncle and hear him talk about his latest adventures such as going to Peru or one of his latest visits to Mexico to find a part for his telescope. I always found it inspiring that he had the energy and knowledge at this age to still go to do things.

    And of course I was fortunate to see my uncle during my recent visits to LA to spend some final moments with my god father.

  10. Dear Carmen and family. I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear father. Please know that you, your family and your father will be in my prayers for God’s blessings and peace. In Christ,

    Gerry Nunn

  11. My father-in-law Tony was an amazing man, who enjoyed being with his family and traveling different places. He had a special thirst for knowledge and would take detailed notes on almost everything he read. Although a quiet man, he had a great sense of humor. In one of his notebooks, where he would keep notes on his health, he described a sigmoidoscopy as a €œroto-rooter with a camera€. My wife and I would often visit him and take him out to lunch at Leo€™s, one of his favorite restaurants. During our lunch, he would talk about his latest trip, projects that he was working on around the house and just about life.

    I will really miss him and our lunches at Leo€™s. Good Bless you


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