Antonio Machado Espinola Jr.
Antonio Machado "Tony" Espinola Jr., 91, of Prineville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7 at his home, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2315 SE Paulina Highway in Prineville.
Tony was born July 26, 1926, to Antonio Sr. and Maria Espinola in Tulare County, California. Tony was the oldest of seven children, including six sisters. He grew up on a dairy farm and spent most of his life working with cattle. Tony was a celebrated Ringman for cattle auctions, beginning in Riverbank, California, and eventually moving to Oregon, where he worked stockyards in Redmond, Madras and The Dalles.
Tony would tell people that he was practically born under a milk cow, and he loved working with cattle. He was so good at his job that some people would come to the auction block just to watch him work. Tony continued to work late into his life, and it was often said that he worked harder than men half his age. Most knew Tony as a genuine, honest, hardworking, kind man of high values.
Tony and Lyn were married Feb. 17, 2005. Tony was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on May 22, 2010, and faithfully shared his faith with those in the community for as long as he was able, all the while looking forward to Jehovah's promise of a resurrection here on the earth.
He enjoyed being with family and friends and will look forward to seeing all of them in God's New World on earth.
Tony is survived by his wife, Lyn Espinola, of Prineville; sons, Alvin (Kim), of Paulina, Martin (Margie), of Roseburg, Jim Espinola, of Wasilla, Alaska; stepson, Sam Bafus (Sheilah), of Prineville; as well as all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Tony was preceded in death by his son, Ben Espinola, and sisters, Helen Davis and Ruby Ann Merenda, both of Modesto, California.
For anyone wishing to give a memorial donation, the family suggests that it be made to St. Charles Medical Center at Prineville Hospice located in the Haynes Building downtown Prineville.