Andres “Andy” Trujillo’s story began on January 17, 1975, in Los Ocotes, Michoacan Mexico, born to Agustin Trujillo and Mercedes Madrigal de Trujillo. He immigrated with his mother and siblings when he was 12 years old. Andres attended Grandview and Sunnyside Schools; however, after the passing of his brother, Enrique, he moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where he graduated high school. Andy returned to the Valley becoming a certified auto body and collision technician, opening his own shop in Mattawa, where he lived with his wife and kids for 15 years. Between family and business, Andy was a bus driver for the Wahluke School District and to nobody’s surprise Andy was loved by the children and the staff. The Trujillos then made Sunnyside their home once again.
Andy and Susie were high school sweethearts and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary earlier this year renewing their vows before family and friends at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. They were blessed with 3 children, Andresito, Carlos and Kasandra.
Andy lived life to the fullest. He wasn’t the life of the party; he was the party! He had many friends and was loved by all of them. He enjoyed hosting friends and family and had a gift for bringing people together. He loved to travel to visit friends and family, often taking family road trips in his RV. He enjoyed outings on his boat, hunting, using his mechanic skills to bring new life to old vehicles. He was recently gifted his uncle’s compound bow and spent opening weekend of archery season with his brother and harvested a deer with it right away.
Andy will be fondly remembered for his crazy laugh, sense of humor, service to others, his kindness and most of all, his devotion to his family. He would affectionately bring Susie to sit on his lap, he could often be seen dancing with his daughter Kasandra, and joking with his boys, Andresito and Carlos. He had a strong work ethic and was eager to pass on all the knowledge he had about cars and business to his son, Carlos. When Carlos went away to college, Andy told his brother he was nervous; not only was his son venturing out on his own, but he was losing his right-hand man for a little while. Whenever Andy saw his mom and siblings, they were greeted with a big hug and kiss from him and telling them that he loved them.
Among his nieces and nephews, there was always something new to learn from Tio Andy. They looked forward to his Dad jokes, riddles, stories, animated laughter and loud voice and especially his bear hugs.
Andres means manly and brave, and he lived up to his name. Life was not without challenges, but he faced them head on. He was an intelligent, self-made businessman that made a name for himself. From a young age he worked hard to leave a legacy for his family. He also spent many hours generously helping friends and neighbors with whatever projects they needed help with. Andy was very traditional, he was a man of his word, believed in handshakes and preferred a phone call over a text. You knew you could rely on him. He joked that they were “jodidos pero contentos” meaning he worked hard but knew he was richly blessed and happy.
Andy was a Man of Faith so it’s understandable that he and Susie had many “ahijados”. They were godparents to many children and adult couples who trusted them with helping them grow their faith and walk with the Lord. It was not uncommon to hear Andy called “padrino” by a person older than him. Every year they hosted a special day to celebrate their godchildren with a BBQ, bouncy houses, pinatas, custom made shirts and fun.
Andy is survived by his wife Susie, his children Andresito, Carlos and Kasandra, his mother Mercedes Briones, grandmother Rosaura Madrigal, his siblings and their families, Jorge and Amey Trujillo, Sandra and Gregorio Cardenas, and Jackie and Joe Sotelo. He is also survived by his mother in law, Esperanza Padilla, his in laws and their families, Liliana and Fred Rodriguez, Agustin Sahagun and Nelly Padilla.
Andy is preceded in death by his father, Agustin Trujillo, brother Enrique Trujillo, step father Manuel Briones, father in law Jesse Padilla, grandparents Eduardo and Maria de Jesus Trujillo, and Francisco Madrigal.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Granger, WA. Burial will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign "Andy" on line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
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