Terrell San Estes was born on February 24, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. Terrell attended Mt. Carmel High School and Los Angeles Jr. College. He then transferred to Stanislaus State (CSUS) on a basketball scholarship where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. During this time he established and coached the first Stanislaus State Woman's Basketball team. While working on his Teaching Credential, Terrell became a volunteer with the Turlock City Fire Department. He was hired permanently as a firefighter and worked up the ranks to Battalion Chief. In 1991, he interviewed and was hired as the Fire Chief in Tracy, CA. Terrell had a distinguished career establishing many firsts within his department. One he was very proud of was the inclusion of woman to the department. Terrell retired in 2005 and traveled extensively with family and friends. In 2007 he reconnected with a good friend from college, Anne Ramsay. They married in 2009. Terrell and Anne moved to the Del Webb community in Manteca and continued to travel with newfound friends. During retirement, Terrell stayed active with community projects, volunteering his time and energy to Men of Woodbridge and Haven of Peace. Terrell was known for his love of cooking, "smokin' on the BBQ", sharing his love of music, movies, and fishing. He loved all electronic devices, remote control cars, trains, helicopters, and drones. Terrell passed after a long illness on May 17, 2019 with Anne by his side. Terrell's soft-spoken greatness and generosity will be missed by all who knew him.
Terrell is survived by his mother Fermear Estes Mercer, his brothers Allen Ward Estes, Jr., Kim Estes, and Tony Estes. His son Darrin Estes, wife Anne, and daughters Meredith and Megan, and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Terrell’s extended family includes Ashley, Caitlin, Brittany and 7 grandchildren.
P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the Estes family. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 11am to 12pm, followed by a Celebration of Life service at Noon, at 290 N. Union Road, Manteca, CA 95337. An online guestbook for condolences can be found at www.plfryandson.com.