Michael "Sumo" Sanchez, right of way agent

Michael Sanchez

Michael "Sumo" Sanchez

Courtesy of Michael's family

Note: The following obituary appeared in the Marysville Appeal-Democrat on Sept. 28.

Michael "Sumo" Sanchez, of Sutter, passed away on Sept. 22. He was 54 years old and the 11th child born to Juan and Ofelia Sanchez of Sacramento.

Mike worked at Caltrans as a right of way agent and for the state for 21 years. Born and raised in Sacramento, he relocated to Yuba City in 1999, and spent the last 20 years in Sutter.

Mike was a devoted husband and father, and recently celebrated 23 years of marriage to Judy. Together they have two beautiful daughters whom he adored, Kirrin and Robyn.

Mike is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters, Kirrin and Robyn; his brothers, Victor (Toni), John (Elizabeth) of Sacramento, Albert (Aleta) of Redding, Robert (Jerry) of San Francisco; sisters, Esther (Keith) of Seattle, Lupe, Rosa (Charlie), Theresa, Estella of Sacramento, Irene (Dennis) of Nevada City; and 58 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Mary; and parents, Juan and Ofelia Sanchez of Sacramento.

Mike attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, where he earned his nickname Sumo. He loved to go to the gym, lift weights and attend those crazy spin classes. Mike's favorite sport was playing and watching soccer. He was a huge Raiders fan and was looking forward to going to Las Vegas to watch them play.

Mike enjoyed volunteering his time with 4-H, coaching soccer, helping with school events, especially basketball, volleyball, swimming and rifle. Throughout the years he helped with many of the Summer and Christmas Strolls. He was always willing to lend a hand and be involved.

Mike always had a smile on his face and was a very gentle person. He loved music, dancing, camping, the ocean, socializing and spending time with his family. He loved to BBQ and post videos on social media sharing what he was grilling while enjoying an ice-cold beer. Mike made friends wherever he went and always made you feel welcomed.