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[*] posted on 5-11-2018 at 08:56 AM


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About five or six years ago, Pancho told me that he came over from Guymas on a fishing boat...


The guys I go to Baja with are all from Guaymas. They use to talk to him about it.




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[*] posted on 5-11-2018 at 10:40 AM




Great guy, great spot and a bad photo:no:
We will miss him.

[Edited on 5-11-2018 by chippy]
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[*] posted on 5-11-2018 at 01:09 PM


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I was just there at the end of March, and he seemed in good health!

I guess, the flip-side of living away from everything. Remember Antonio of Archelon, or Marcos of the same camp? 3 very colorful "landmarks" of this area, in as many years. Sad. Can't imagine anybody else in his place.
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[*] posted on 5-11-2018 at 08:15 PM


I caught a pufferfish while fishing for halibut along his beach. I was going to throw it back, but Pancho said he would take it, that he knew how to extract the fillets without getting the poison. He came back to me a bit later with the fried pufferfish and offered me some. I hope I didn't offend, him, but I declined. Great guy. Anyone know what became of his dog?
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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 07:53 AM
From Jerry, sent via email:


Thanks, David...for letting me share this meeting with Pancho... Leaving LA Bay for San Francisquito, I must have picked up a nail and found myself with a flat near the turnoff to Animas. Changing the tire I limped on to San Rafael where I knew Pancho could make the repair. Upon arrival, I was greeted by him with that big smile. Sure! He would be glad to fix that tire but...what the hell was that stink coming off the beach, Pancho? "El ciclo de la vida," he said. In the migration of the vaquita, in those days in the thousands, the school speeds up on it's way north. The old, unable to keep up, die and drift onto the beach. No doubt...with smiles on their faces. Not bad to finish in San Rafael. RIP Correcamino...Kneemodo.



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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 01:18 PM


I was messaged today from someone in Guerrero Negro that Pancho's body is at the funeral home there. Nobody is claiming him... I will report more as I get it. I asked if a cause of death was known.



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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 01:46 PM


More from Guerrero Negro:
Last Wednesday, a neighbor visited Pancho and found him in great pain (abdominal). Pancho said something about falling.
The neighbor took Pancho to the doctor in L.A. Bay, who couldn't help and said to take him to Guerrero Negro. Pancho died enroute to Guerrero Negro.




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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 01:56 PM


might have got a little careless with the pufferfish:(...the neighbor was probably the other Pancho, a larger slower moving Pancho with a rancho a short distance away. RIP amigo



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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 01:59 PM


Dang !

I hope I'm wrong but with the previous story of eating puffer fish fillets , I wonder ???

Anyway, truly sad news, RIP Pancho

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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 05:45 PM


I try to ride the length of the peninsula every year on my dirt bike, and I've found that having favorite locations along the way gives me added motivation. One of those favorite locations was Pancho's. He was always upbeat, happy to see you, and he always had a smile on his face. I camped over night with him, spent long hours sitting in the shade sipping coffee or sharing a beer, and I even walked the shoreline with him fishing for halibut in the early evening.

I know that a feeling of sadness will pass through me each time I head south and do not turn left up that hill... On to San Ignacio I will travel, but Pancho will be in my memory.

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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 12:58 PM


We arrived there last Sunday and he had sever stomach pains and Jose said he was taking him to the hospital the next day. Pancho refused and stayed in pain and the next day, Tuesday, we got Ranchero Jose on the road with him. He died on the way and never made it to the hospital. He will be sadly missed, he was a dear friend of mine and SR will never be the same for me. RIP Francisco mi Amigo.



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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 01:05 PM


Thanks for the added details. Was there any discussion of the cause of the pain? My Guerrero Negro contact mentioned a fall, but the pufferfish story seemed plausible.



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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 01:26 PM


He did trip over a rock and fell, that happened after we got there. I really don't think that was a cause rather than effect of what was already going on with him. Jose who arrived a couple hours before us that day is on his way back to Mexicali right now, he stayed until today waiting for Pancho to return. I received a text from him a few hours ago when he reached Bahia. When we both get home tonight I woo talk with him more and report back. This definitely is the sadest drive home from Baja for me.



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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 02:12 PM


Indeed, sad news. Pancho was a special kind of good hombre.



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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 03:07 PM


A couple shots from San Rafael.






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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 03:15 PM


Well done JZ! You da drone master.:bounce:
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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 05:37 PM


He knew how to prepare puffer. I wonder if he didn't have a burst appendix.

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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 06:26 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
I was messaged today from someone in Guerrero Negro that Pancho's body is at the funeral home there. Nobody is claiming him... I will report more as I get it. I asked if a cause of death was known.


When I talk to Jose tonight or tomorrow we will arrange someone to claim his body if need be, although in the text I got this morning from him, he said he had been buried in Bahia de Los Angeles already.




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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 08:03 PM


That doesn't seem proper to bury him in Bahia de Los Angeles. He dispised the big cities like that.
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[*] posted on 5-13-2018 at 08:33 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Big city L.A. Bay?
I will ask Antonio in Guerrero Negro if he has any news.


That is what Pancho told me about Bahia de Los Angeles. Sarcasm and a great sense of humor is one thing I remember about Pancho. I have many stories and observations. I also have a large Zip-Lock bag of Beautiful shells he gave my daughter 15 years ago that I hope to bring back to Pancho's bluff and leave in honor somehow.

[Edited on 5-14-2018 by bajadogs]
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