Jimmy Don "Toby" Lingo, 46, Manteca, CA
Jimmy Don Lingo "Toby"
April 25, 1965 - April 20, 2012
"Toby" passed peacefully in his mother's arms and joined his Lord on April 20, 2012.
"Toby" was born in Dos Palos, CA to Janice and Jimmy Lingo. He attended schools in Dos Palos and graduated from Dos Palos High in 1983 where he was in the band and participated in music and drama. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was also in the Reserves until 1989. While serving his country, he married and had a daughter, Anita. When he was discharged from the military, he lived with his wife and daughter in North Carolina. After divorcing in 2000, he came home to Dos Palos where he worked for Laird's in Merced and De Francisco in Dos Palos. He later moved to Manteca and worked for Mars Pet Care until his health deteriorated. He was much loved and always remembered by his employers and the entire Mar's staff.
In Manteca, Toby enjoyed many various activities. He enjoyed karaoke and riding his motorcycle. He was artistic and creative, even making his mother a gorgeous quilt with whales and dolphins on it. He shared his mother's passion for all animals and wildlife. Toby, at one time, had a blue-eyed, black Labrador retriever he treasured, and he had a much-loved cat called "Sassy Cat" when he died. Like his mother, Toby was also an avid Elvis fan and visited Graceland.
"Toby" is survived by his loving mother (Janice Baffunno) of Dos Palos, his father (Jimmy Lingo) and step-mother (Chris) of Modesto and his daughter (Anita) of North Carolina. Also left behind are his wife, (Linda) and step-grandsons (Anthony and Samuel) and step-granddaughter (KaraLynn Dawn). His grandmother (Annetta Clements) of Dos Palos, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins will sorely miss him. He also leaves behind many friends and his Marine Corps brothers. He was predeceased by his maternal grandpa (Herbert Clements), his paternal grandparents (Floyd and Maude Lingo) and his maternal great-grandparents, George and Luella Regallo.
"Toby" was a loving caretaker, peacemaker and, truly, an angel from God. His legacy to us is a good example of how to live and how to die. He was courageous and true in both life and death. He always made peace with anyone who had wronged or hurt him.
If you would like to remember "Toby" with a donation, please remember Last Hope Cat Kingdom. Doing something to make the world a better place, as he tried to do, would be most appreciated by "Toby" and his family.
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