Matt Pandol Obituary, Resident Of Delano CA, Died At 60
- john Gibson
Matt Pandol Obituary, Death- The family of Matt Steve Pandol, Jr. regrets to inform you of his untimely passing on April 21, 2023, at his residence in Delano, California. Only 60 years old, Matt. His untimely passing has left his family inconsolably devastated.
In addition to his devoted wife Linda, children Matt, III, Stefanie, and Mark, Matt is also survived by his mother Lucy Pandol, brothers Louis Pandol, John (Angelica) Pandol, Andrew S. (Beth) Pandol, sister Margaret (Scott) Curtis, mother-in-law Gerry Marcia, and several other relatives, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Matt Pandol, Sr., his father, died before him. Matt and Lucy (Tudor) Pandol welcomed their son Matt Jr. on June 27, 1962. In 1980, Matt graduated from Delano High School and went on to Fresno State University, where he earned a degree in plant science. Matt returned to Delano after graduating from college to assist his family in their farming and vegetable-selling enterprises. Matt married Linda, his lifelong companion and best friend, in 1994. They made Delano their home, where they raised their three children while cultivating some of the best table grapes on earth.
Matt put in a lot of effort to expand and enhance the Pandol Family business both on his own and with his family. He also sat on the board of directors of Pandol Bros., Inc. Additionally, he was a member of the Delano Grape Growers Co-op Winery board of directors. In addition to belonging to the Greater Delano Area Youth Foundation, the American Slavonic Club in Delano, and the All-American Slavonic Association of Fresno, Matt was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Delano. Matt was a master farmer who spent every day in the fields, sweating and wearing filthy boots. He discovered his vocation in farming and was inspired to produce the highest calibre crop. He would often comment that the fruit had to be top-notch because his name was on the packaging. He collaborated on the Pandol Farms with his brother Andrew S. They had a close professional connection, which Matt treasured and valued.
Matt was an avid food lover and expert in all cuisines. He was adept at persuading friends and colleagues to prepare their specialities for him to eat. One of Matt’s favourite things to do was plan barbeques for the field team workers and hang out with them, laughing and savouring the delicious food they would bring. He felt most comfortable around the people who worked on his farm. He respected their knowledge and admired their effort and commitment. Matt was a devoted competitor in shooting sports who frequently attended competitions all around the country. He belonged to a number of sporting organisations, including the Kern County Gun Club. Matt enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on sporting shoots, hunting trips, and other outdoor activities in addition to hunting. He also enjoyed hiking and fishing. The highlights of his year were always family cruise trips and happy Christmas gatherings with his in-laws. Matt was a die-hard supporter of the Green Bay Packers.
Matt was grateful for his happy family life and humble in his anonymous generosity to his neighbourhood. His wife and kids were his greatest joy and top priorities. He was thrilled for his and Linda’s kids as they completed their educations and began the next chapters of their lives. He was very proud of his and Linda’s kids. He was sure of their ability and amazed at what they could become. We will sincerely miss Matt’s understated humour, radiant smile, and accepting demeanour. Despite his untimely passing, those who knew him will treasure their memories of their time with him. The viewing and services will be placed on May 5, 2023, from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 916 Lexington Street, Delano. The burial will take place at Bakersfield’s Hillcrest Mortuary on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. All services will be led by St. Mary’s Father Loji Pilones.