Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on February 25,
Robert (Bob) Moniz
Bob Moniz was involved in almost every aspect of life and he enjoyed every
minute of it. He played baseball right here in Visalia with the Visalia
Cubs for many years before moving on to AAA baseball in Oregon. That's
how he met his lovely wife, Angie. She used to go to the games to watch
In the early 60's Visalia did not have a pro baseball team. A semi pro
team was formed and Bob Moniz got to play with many local Visalia resident
baseball talents like Don Alfano, Bob Talbot, Truman Clevenger and even
COS legend, Bert Holt.
Bob loved to hunt and would spend every pheasant season hunting with his
friends on the west side of the county where the Swearengen Ranches are
currently farmed. Interesting enough, Bob threw with his right hand and
batted left in his baseball career, then shot a rifle with his left shoulder.
After his baseball career ended, he worked for Real Fresh Milk for about
25 years. He was responsible for packaging milk cases that were delivered
to the soldiers in the Viet Nam War. Later in his career he was responsible
for all the labeling that was placed on juices that were prepared for
school lunches. He met many friends during his employment with Real Fresh;
and even after retiring, he would attend social events and continued to
visit with his co-workers at the plant until his death.
Bob is survived by his daughter Nancy and husband Mark Jordan, as well
as two beautiful grandchildren who he was very proud of and talked about
them constantly. He was a family man and never missed opportunities to
be with his immediate family. He spent all of the holidays with them and
his wife's family. He couldn't help in not knowing all of his wife's family
because all 5 brothers and 4 sisters, including many cousins from his
wife's side of the family, lived next door to each other on Tulare Ave.
Bob was originally from Oakland but lived most of this life in Visalia.
A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Hall
of Fame room in Rawhide Stadium in Recreation Park from 2:00-5:00pm. Public