Eli Alfana dies at 74
–Eli Afana, 74, was born June 1942 in Paso Robles, Calif. and promoted to heaven Nov. 28, on his farm surrounded by his family.
His parents, Nicola Jadallaha Afana and Dorothy Lorraine Afana Talbert started their Paso Robles Almond Farm in the late 1930s. Eli was the second born of their three sons. A member of the Oak Flat Modoc Boys; graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1961. He received his AA from Coalinga College and served in the Coast Guard Reserves.
Eli worked at Tenneco Almond Processing Plant until he started his career with Pacific Gas & Electric. He was highly respected by all his co-workers and retired after 37 years as a PG&E Troubleman. Eli loved the annual Colorado Hunting trip with his brothers; eating calamari; spending time in his garden alone or with Laura, sharing that love with each of his 12 grandchildren; beekeeping; canning; having every Tuesday with his brothers at Carl’s Jrs, and following his mother’s footsteps being Sweepstakes Winner at the Mid-State Fair with his vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Eli is survived by his true soul-mate wife, Laura; son Mark (Isaias) Afana; daughters Tamra (Tim) Keller, Katie (Ben) Reynoso, Julie (Caine) Marshall; and previous wife, Helen. His brothers; David (Michele) Afana, Nick (Janet) Afana, Steve (Karen) Talbert and Terry (Kathy) Talbert. His 12 grandchildren: Kylan, Kaleb, Ean, Ali, Maiya, Bailee, Wyatt, Zipporah, Samuel, Amaris, Azalea and Dominic. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and extended family.
Thank you to each and every one of you who have played a part in his beautiful life story.
His celebration of life will be this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 1-4 p.m. at the Frontier Town Area of the California Mid-State Fairgrounds. In lieu of flowers, the family is arranging a permanent memorial in Eli’s name to support the ag/horticultural community.