Victoriano Reyes (Chato), 82, died July 12, 2020, with his family by his side in Palm Springs, California. He was born in Section 14 in Palm Springs and graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1956. He attended San Bernardino Valley College and served in the military from 1961-1964. He worked for the Rancho Mirage Water Agency and Properties and then the Desert Water Agency until he retired as a Supervisor for Customer Service in 2000.
He served his community beyond his time at the water agency. Contributed to Palm Springs through sitting on the following panels and committees: Human Relations Commission, Housing Commission, Police Chief Selection Citizens Panel, Palm Springs Unified School District, Blue Ribbon Committee for tax over-ride, Values Instruction Program Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee for Vocational Education, Search for Educational Excellence Task Force, Community Involvement, Desert District Committee of Campfire Girls, Youth Center Board of Directors, Lyceum of the Desert, Desert Water Agency employee Association, and Desert Water Agency Safety Committee.
Faith was a core component of his life, and he even helped with the construction of his church, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Outside of official city involvements, he also donated his time to the following organizations: Palm Springs Mexican Colony Club, Mexican American Action Committee, Palm Springs Alumni Association, and Palm Springs Jaycees.He loved sports and made every effort to stay as involved in local athletics as possible. He refereed adult league basketball, Palm Springs Youth Center basketball, and pee wee football. He umpired adult league softball and coached girls softball. He even became an honorary Lion for his support and contributions to the Cathedral City High School baseball team. He also contributed his time as a band booster for the Cathedral City High School band program. His other passion was travel, and he made an effort to visit as many countries as he could.He is survived by his wife, Fifi Reyes; sister, Candelaria; brothers and their spouses, Carlos and Chuncha, and Ernest and Judy; daughters and their spouses, Lisa, Tracy and Nelson, and Mia and Bob; grandsons and their spouses, Victor and Deborah, Shane, and Erik and Ellen; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Faith; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his mother, Trinidad; father, Francisco; brothers Frank, Raymond, and Isabel; and sister, Faustina.