‘Pete’ Badillo died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Morgan
Armando ‘Pete’ Badillo died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Morgan Hill.

Born Sept. 11, 1938, in Sonora, Texas, Armando graduated from Sonora High School where he held the record for pole vaulting 12 years after graduating. He attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. He was in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Cuban Missile Crisis and received an honorable discharge.

Armando was a master builder and was featured in the San Jose Mercury News for the restoration of a historical windmill in Gilroy. Armando was very knowledgeable in history and current events. He always was ready to share his knowledge with others. His family knew him for his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Leonora Badillo; sons and daughters, Peter Badillo and wife Susan, Javier Badillo and wife Iris, Armando Badillo, Norma Fournier and husband Joshua, Genovea Badillo and Hortencia Badillo; brothers Leandro Badillo and Richard Badillo; sisters, Ofelia Perez, Juanita Berlanga, Manuela Vargas, Tome Sanchez, Anna Cardona, Gina Gamez and Pauline Mendez; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial Mass takes place at 12:30pm on Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. Catherine’s Church.

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