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Ysunza celebration of life scheduled for March 24

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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If you’ve been involved in Colfax area sports over the past 30 years, you probably knew Ed Ysunza. As a competitor, youth coach and a community contributor, Ysunza was a sports-loving guy who always went beyond the call of duty no matter what the chore was. “I remember Ed coaching youth soccer long after his kids were done playing,” said family friend Rhonda Ballenger. “He did it because he loved the kids and loved coaching.” At a meeting Monday to plan the forthcoming celebration of Ysunza’s life, the committee took time to share story after story of remembering Ed. Whether it was his long career with Pacific Gas & Electric, his mandatory wearing of shorts while on the Colfax High football chain gang, family outings or just Ed having fun, the memories somewhat helped ease the sting of his sudden death on Feb. 26 at the age of 60. “A great guy and a great friend,” said Mike Satterlee, who worked side-by-side with Ysunza at PG&E and who also played with Ysunza for several years on adult soccer teams. “We’re going to miss him.” A native of the Bay Area, Ysunza graduated from College Park High in Pleasant Hill before attending junior college. He then went to work for PG&E and moved to the foothills area in the early 1970s. In 1981 he and Teresa were married and the union produced children Eddie Jr., now 29, and Mallory, 24. While in Colfax, he was active coaching his children’s youth teams and usually could be found with a spatula in his hand behind the grill at Little League pancake breakfasts or the burger garden on the 4th of July. The celebration of Ysunza’s life for family and friends will start at noon on Saturday, March 24, in the Placer Building of the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. A barbecue lunch and desserts will be served along with soft drinks, beer and wine. Donations will be accepted at the door to help defray expenses. Casual attire is accepted for the event. Persons wishing to make a donation to the Ed Ysunza III Memorial Fund can do so at the U.S. Bank office in Colfax in person or by mail, to U.S. Bank, 2 S. Main St. Colfax, CA 95713, under the Ed Ysunza III Memorial Fund, Account #153498377081. Donation checks must be made out to Teresa Ysunza. The Colfax Recreation Association also announced that its yearly scholarship award given to graduating seniors each June at Colfax High School will now be known as the Ed Ysunza III Memorial Scholarship award.