In loving memory of Andrew William Mizener, born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1934. He passed away peacefully on April 27, 2018. Andrew’s legacy includes 7 children, 23 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.
Andrew is survived by his 7 children: Carol Dean and husband, Paul and children Jim, Brian, Michael, Robert and Laura; Cheryl Miller and children Marcy, John, Ashley, and Alan; Linda Lamb and husband, Scott and children Calli, Beau, and Tori; Andrea Gatter and husband, Richard and children Heather and Jennifer; Pam Estep and husband, Mike and children Ariel, Fred, Christopher, and Julie; Ron Mizener and wife, Chris and children Brock, Jada, and Cadence; George Mizener and wife, Shelly and children Allison and Rylee.
Andrew was the fifth of 6 siblings. He spent his early years growing up in Pasadena. His family moved to Merced where he attended and graduated from Merced high school. He played football and track. He was first team all-league in football and held the school record for the 1320 yard run in track. Andy enlisted in the Army in 1953. His proudest memories were being in the 82nd Air Borne where he completed 145 parachute jumps and played on the football team. Shortly before leaving the army, he met the love of his life, Betty Mae Ritter. After a short courtship of only 10 days, they were married in a military service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After discharge from service, they moved to California. Andy attended Modesto College where he played football. After college, Andy and Betty moved to several cities before settling in Lodi. Along the way they had 7 children. During his time in Lodi, he operated several dairies. Andy and Betty moved to Taft in 1980. There he worked as a foreman for General Production before retiring in 1993. Andy was at Betty’s side when she passed away in 2016. They were married for 61 years.
Andy love God, his family, animals, and sports. Spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren is what he loves more than anything. Any passed on his love of sports to his family. He greatly enjoyed softball, football, golf, and bowling. He had a passion for coaching. He was a natural and found it both rewarding and challenging. Teaching pitching and hitting was something that I gave him a lot of satisfaction. He took pride in watching kids develop and gain confidence. Andy continued to coach until he was no longer able. You would often see Andy swinging his golf club in the yard. One year, he won the Kern County Senior Golf Tournament. Andy was also known for regularly taking in stray animals and caring for them. He never failed to help out anyone in need.
Andy has gone to be with our Savior and he will be forever missed, yet always remembered for his laughter and those wonderful stories that we will all cherish in our hearts.
Please join us for services on May 11, 2018 at 10:45 am at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338, E. Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA, 93203. There will be a gathering afterwards at the Firehouse Restaurant, 7701 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA, 93309. Viewing will be held on May 10, 2018 between 3:00-5:00 pm at Greenlawn Mortuary, 2739 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, CA, 93313.