Published in Imperial
Valley Press Online from April 13 to April 15, 2010
83, of Lakeside, CA. peacefully passed away at the residence of his son
Sergio Padilla in Lemon Grove, CA.
Carlos was born and raised in Calexico, CA. and graduated from high school
with the class of 1946. With God given athletic talents, Carlos earned
the All Valley award for football in 1944 and 1945.
Carlos is one of the few Bulldog players to win the all-star recognition
two years running and both times as a first stringer. As a senior in high
Carlos was the captain of his football team, playing both offense and
defense. Carlos played for three football championship teams from 1943-1945.
The 1943 team went undefeated in football, basketball and baseball. He
was also an All Valley baseball player.
In high school his teams won baseball championships from 1943-1945. When
Carlos was not pitching, he was playing center field.
He is known as one of the best pitchers to ever come out of Calexico High
School. He also wrestled in the 175 lb. Division even though he only weighed
150 lbs., beating out two "gorillas" to win the Valley championship.
In 1946, his senior year, Carlos represented Imperial Valley in the Southern
California C.I.F. golf tournament in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire
Country Club. Out of the entire Southern California contestants, he placed
After graduation, Carlos played semi-professional baseball with the El
Centro Imperials of the Sunset League as a pitcher and outfielder. In
1948 the Mexicali Aguilas bought his contract. During this time, Carlos
pitched a game against Leroy "Satchel" Page, the legendary Negro
League Star. Carlos is a member of both the Calexico Hall of fame and
the Imperial Valley Hall of Fame.
Carlos was a freight salesman by trade with several trucking companies.
He loved cars and traveling. Family friends included John (Duke) Wayne,
Anthony Quinn and as a teenager, Carlos was a guide for Clark Gable during
dove hunting season in the Imperial Valley.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, Dario and Concepcion Colon
de Padilla, his wife, Ofelia Ynda Padilla; his brothers Ruben Dario, and
Peter; his sisters Concha, Willie; and his son Carlos Jr.
He is survived by his brother Oscar; sister Margarita P. de Necochea and
his 6 children: Sergio, Daniel, Ricardo Araiza, Linda Romanow, Karla Cochran
and Norma Shalton. Carlos leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchil-
A Service will be held Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John of
the Cross located at 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA. Immediately following
the family will receive friends at a Memorial reception in the churches
Carlos Padilla along with his wife's ashes will be laid to rest at Mt.
View Cemetery in Calexico at a private graveside services.
Carlos will be dearly missed, but his legend will be remembered for a
very long time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American
Cancer Society or San Diego Hospice.