Fred C. Silva

April 28, 1952 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old


Fred Silva, 71 of Cathey’s Valley, California entered God’s Kingdom on Thursday, August 31, 2023. He was born in Merced, California on April 28th, 1952, to Norma and Clarence Silva of Winton, California.

Fred was the most loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather (Nono, Grandpa), brother and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Hortencia Silva; his daughter, Bethany Silva from Ceres, California; his two sons, Matt (Helena) Silva from Clovis, California; and Marc (Kendra) Silva from Mariposa, California. He is lovingly survived by his four grandchildren. His three grandsons, Cole, Evan, and Isaac Silva and his one granddaughter, Kensley Silva. Fred is survived by his two sisters Janet Munir from Spokane, Washington and Diane Bagwell (Phillip) from Winton, California Fred was preceded in death by his parents Norma and Clarence Silva as well as his grandparents.

Fred grew up working in the family dairy business as a small child, and as a teen growing almonds alongside his family. He attended various schools in Atwater, graduating from Atwater High School. In 1968 Silva’s Backhoe Service was established and in 1974 Silva’s Enterprises was born where Fred bought and sold heavy equipment all over the United States and abroad.

Fred enjoyed traveling with his family in his younger years and attending heavy equipment auctions all over the country in his older years. He was a history buff and lifelong learner. He loved to read the Bible and discuss spiritual topics. He had a passion for gold mining and spent much of his free time doing the things that he enjoyed most.

In 1973 he met the love of his life Hortencia. She would stand by his side through thick and thin and they were married in 1974. Together they raised their three children in Merced, California. In 2000 they moved and settled in Mariposa County, where he worked tirelessly supporting his family working in construction and selling heavy equipment.

Fred was a man of integrity whose character would never waiver under any circumstances, regardless of the situation. Fred had a personality and charisma to make friends wherever he went. His smile was infectious, and his blue eyes were kind and honest. He was a man of simple taste who always wore jeans, a long sleeve flannel shirt, and a hat; that was his trademark look.
Fred was a great man whose life positively impacted his family and friends who loved him so much. He was a selfless man whose passing leaves an un-fillable gap in the hearts of his loved ones. His ability to sacrifice, provide, support, forgive, and love will be forever engrained on the hearts of all who knew him.

A viewing will be held Friday, September 15th, 2023, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Merced (525 W 20th St, Merced 95340)
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at 10:00am at Cathey’s Valley Baptist Church (4565 Cornetts Entrance Rd, Cathey’s Valley, 95306)
Burial will immediately follow at the Winton Cemetery District (7651 West Almond Ave, Winton Ca. 95388)
Reception to follow at the Buhach Portuguese Hall in Atwater (2889 Buhach Rd. Atwater Ca. 95301). Food and drinks provided.

Casual attire is acceptable. Fred would want you to be comfortable.

Friday, September 15, 2023
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Merced
525 W. 20th St
Merced, CA 95340

Funeral Service
Saturday, September 16, 2023
10:00 AM
Catheys Valley Baptist Church
4565 Cornetts Entrance Rd
Catheys Valley, CA 95306

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Winton Cemetery
7651 West Almond Ave
Winton, CA 95388
Burial will immediately follow funeral service at Cathey's Valley Baptist Church.

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