Longtime supporter of Cal State San Bernardino
Pauline "Dimples" Murillo, 76, a tribal member and resident of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, passed away on Friday, Jan. 21, at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
For years, Murillo and her family have been generous supporters of Cal State San Bernardino's academic and athletic programs.
Murillo was a deeply respected elder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a direct descendant of tribal founder Santos Manuel. In 2001, she published the critically acclaimed "Living in Two Worlds," which includes hundreds of family photographs that help offer a truly unique insight and spiritual view of her life growing up on the San Manuel Indian Reservation in the 20th century.
Her most recent work, "We Are Still Here Alive and in Spirit" continues her story of life on the San Manuel Indian Reservation, and includes more than 1,500 rare photos that complete a unique picture of the Native American experience.
Along with her husband George, Murillo was a noted philanthropist, donating time and funds to hospitals, schools and non-profits to benefit the greater community. In 2008, the family's contribution to Loma Linda University Medical Center allowed the hospital to expand its lounge for oncology patients and their families and was rededicated to the Murillo family.
In 2009, Murillo and her husband donated a capstone gift toward finalizing the construction of the new state-of-the-art teaching observatory that is being built on Little Badger Hill behind the CSUSB campus. The observatory, which is expected to be completed in the spring, will be named the Murillo Family Observatory.
Murillo, at the time of the observatory check presentation, said, "It felt really good. We've come a long way. We used to pick grapes in the summer years ago and now we'll have this observatory. It will be nice for all the children to learn something and see something. It made me feel even more special because our children were with us and they are all in agreement about the gift."
Murillo was also one of the guest speakers when the university had the ribbon-cutting ceremony in May 2006 for the official opening of the university's newly expanded student union, which was renamed the Santos Manuel Student Union.
She is survived by George, her husband of 58 years; two daughters, Lynn "Nay" Valbuena, and her husband Stephen of Orange, and Audrey Martinez of Highland; son George "Boy" Murillo and his wife Renea of Highland; two brothers Roy Chacon and Raoul "Beanie" Chacon; three sisters Sandy Marquez, Rena Ramos and Carla Rodriguez; eight grandchildren Rich LeRoy, Jr., Sabrina Nakhjavanpour, Robert "Loawee" Martinez, III, Sheena Martinez, Holly Martinez, Dillon Murillo, Skye Murillo and Bella Murillo; and 19 great-grandchildren.
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