Danny Trujillo has been lighting up the aisles with a smile at the local grocery store for the last 48 years. He greets everyone with a friendly laugh and after nearly five decades that will soon end.
Danny has decided to retire; his last day at the store was Friday, June 24.
When speaking to Danny he says he’s not sure what he will do now as he has been working all his life.
“It will be different,” Danny said.
Danny started at the local grocery store in 1974; he was 19 years old. It was Safeway and Danny worked as a bagger. He stayed at the store through many name changes including Farmboy, Scolari’s and currently Best Deal/Cost Less Foods and he was named manager about six years ago after Allan Kitchen retired.
Danny said that he had been thinking about retirement over the last couple of years. He had discussed it with his girlfriend, Darlene Hansen.
“I said six months and then I will retire,” Danny added. “That was a year and a half ago. Then I said I am staying until December. Then I said another six months and I will be ready.”
That back and forth went on for a while and then Danny suffered some losses in his life that made him rethink his decision.
He said he lost his sister, Diane last year, then his best friend, John Kreel died earlier this year and then his mother, Angie recently passed away.
It was then he decided life was short and he was ready to retire.
“I said: it’s time,” Danny remarked.
After working since he was young—five or six years old Danny said he had worked in the fields picking and chopping cotton.
“Back then your parents would pile up the kids in the car and go to work because we couldn’t stay home. So we worked,” Danny noted.
At the age of 16, he worked seasonally at both the J.G. Boswell Company and for Salyer American. He found his career in the grocery business after he was hired as a bagger.
A life-long resident of Corcoran Danny graduated from Corcoran High in 1972. He played both baseball and basketball at CHS and was a member and team captain of the first championship basketball team for the Panthers. He went on to play at College of the Sequoias where his team advanced to the top eight in the state.
Danny is a father to five children, Chad, Kelly, Nick, Tyler and Ali and he is the brother of Raul, Diane and Nancy LeMay. Danny’s father, Sam died in 1989.
Danny has been active over the years in Corcoran coaching high school basketball under Doug Bugni and Bill Gaddy. He also helped Charlie Boss coach the girls’ basketball program. He assists the Kiwanis Club with their golf tournament and also helped his dad coach Babe Ruth.
Danny says he will find his way back to volunteering but his main retirement plans are to travel with Darlene and visit friends in various states and to spend some time on the golf course.
No matter what he knows he will miss the store, his staff and mostly his customers.
“I will miss my crew, friends and customers. I’ve seen generations come through here,” Danny said. “I have made a lot of friends.”
Taking over the position of Grocery Store Manager will be Milo Ramirez Jr. Milo has been working at the store since 2008.
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