His incredible intelligence, innate talent, extraordinary compassion, and impish humor carried Victor far in many aspects of his life.
Victor Aaron Medrano, MD, was born on April 28, 1935, in Los Angeles to Angelina and Samuel Medrano. His sisters, Helen and Gloria, followed. His incredible intelligence, innate talent, extraordinary compassion, and impish humor carried Victor far in many aspects of his life. Victor passed away on August 10, 2016, following a short bout with cancer.
Victor excelled at Huntington High School where he was a high academic achiever, participated in student government, school clubs, baseball, and was a cheerleader. He also played the accordion in a jazz band. Years later, he talked about how his high school counselor did everything to discourage him from applying to expensive schools, telling him that he should not put his parents through the financial hardship. Despite his counselor's pessimism, Victor was accepted to Occidental College where he earned his undergraduate degree, paid for by scholarships, grants, family contributions and his own part-time earnings. Later, he attended USC for his medical studies.
During his medical residency, Victor met Sally Jean Howland. After Victor served a tour in Vietnam as a doctor with the U.S. Navy, Victor and Sally married. Their family quickly grew with the birth of David, Victoria, and Laura joining Ben and Jay.
Professionally, while living in LA he held the position of Medical Director at Harbor General Hospital. In 1971, Victor began his medical practice and helped create the Fresno Hospice Program. He instituted the "team" approach of treating cancer patients. His was the first Oncology practice in Fresno and became a monument in the Fresno community. He brought in and hired many of the prominent Oncologists in Fresno who continue the battle against cancer.
Victor and Sally raised a family, laughed, cried, played tennis, and traveled. Victor later began a new chapter in his life with his "darling" Carol. After retiring in 1997, Victor and Carol moved to Gazelle, CA. Victor and Carol would hike, cook, read, entertain friends, and he returned to his passion which was painting. He began his artistic journey at a young age in Huntington Park drawing Disney characters for the children at the local pool. He spread his love of art throughout his life by painting cartoon characters on the walls at a Children's Hospital and making his children Pooh Bear beds and painting their rooms.
Victor's ebullient laugh and amazing heart were remarkable attributes. They are the attributes that drew so many incredible people into Victor's life. He treasured taking photographs of those he loved; going to Fresno AG with the boys; and sharing incredible, calorie and wine laden meals with cherished friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him. However, he lives on in all the people's lives that he touched, changed and made more beautiful through a smile and a paint brush and compassion as a doctor. Victor was loved, honored, and respected by all, including his children, Joel and Andrea, Ben and Jessica, Victoria and Paul, Laura and Victor; his sisters, Helen and Gloria; his eight grandchildren; his two nephews; his adopted brothers Bob and Bobby; and countless incredible friends. Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Sally, Carol, and his son, David.
Please join Victor's family and friends in celebrating his life on Saturday, October 15, 2016 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Lake Shastina Community Center 15244 Driftwood Lane, Weed, CA 96094. Please R.S.V.P. to Victoria Medrano at (805) 550-6856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.