The San Diego Chargers lost a good friend and die-hard fan when Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez passed away Saturday, October 29.
Sanchez was an outspoken supporter of the Bolts. Even on life support, Sanchez was wrapped in his San Diego Chargers blanket.
Sanchez was born October 30, 1951 in Blythe, California to farm-laborer parents. Growing up, he and his brother learned to sing and play traditional Chicano music from their mother and uncles who were all talented singers and musicians.
A longtime resident of San Diego and graduate of San Diego State University, Sanchez was known by many in the Chicano community as a "hero of the barrio." Sanchez often performed at rallies and marches for the United Farm Workers Union, many times at the request of César Chávez. Sanchez wrote the song "Chicano Park Samba" about the struggle of the Chicano community. The song has since become somewhat of an anthem to the inhabitants of Barrio Logan.
Sanchez is survived by his wife, Isabel, five children and many grandchildren. He is predeceased by a son.