BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — He’s 110 years young, surrounded by his loving family, and his story was shared at Tuesday morning’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
Modesto Lopez Bautista turned 110 years old in January.
He was born back in 1909 in San Juan Mixtepec, a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico.
His latest birthday celebration led to some media attention, with family sharing how much he means to them and how he grew up in Mexico before making his way to America.
The Board of Supervisors recognized Bautista for his long life and civil service.
His grandson, Hector Hernandez, says what started as a celebration for family became a county-wide story.
Bautista moved from Mexico to Bakersfield in 2001 when his daughter brought him to live with her.
He said his faith in Jesus Christ is what has allowed him to live a long, healthy and happy life.