Elizer Vasquez Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elizer Vasquez, a dedicated and lifelong advocate for farm workers’ rights. Elizer, age 84, peacefully departed last night in Delano, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Earlimart, Elizer was the youngest member of the Vasquez family, known for their unwavering commitment to the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement. His elder brothers, Mike and Manuel Vasquez, were trailblazers who participated in the first grape strike boycott. Elizer, following in their footsteps, became a tractor driver at Roberts Farms and joined the UFW’s historic strike in 1973.
Throughout his extensive tenure with the UFW, Elizer played a crucial role in various boycotts, including those in Los Angeles, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Detroit. His dedication knew no bounds as he worked tirelessly to advance the cause of farm workers and improve their living conditions.
Elizer also spent many years at La Paz, the UFW’s headquarters, where he contributed to Cesar Chavez’s security detail and worked in the auto mechanic shop. His commitment to the movement and his colleagues was unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on the UFW’s history.
Funeral services for Elizer Vasquez are currently pending but are expected to take place in early October. Details will be shared with the community as soon as they become available.
As we remember Elizer’s lifelong dedication to the farm worker movement, we say, “Que Viva Elizer! Presente!” His legacy lives on in the continued fight for farm workers’ rights, and his spirit will forever inspire us all.