Manuel S. Torrez, Sr., age 82, passed away on Feb. 24, 2014 after years of dealing with the effects of multiple strokes.
His passing was peaceful and in the presence of loved ones.
Manuel was born on Dec.15, 1931 in Miami, Ariz., the oldest son of Teodora and Antonio Torrez. He attended Bullion Plaza School and the “old” Miami High School. He joined the United States Navy in October of 1951 and proudly served on the USS Klondike during the Korean War.
Manuel and Anna (Oviedo) were married on Dec. 30, 1951. He is preceded in death by his beloved Anna, whom we all believe was there to greet him with a smile and open arms as he went to join her.
We’re sure they’re dancing again, their Ballet Folklorico, holding each other close just like they used to.
Manuel is survived by seven children, Thomas Torrez (Suzan) of Mesa, Ronald Torrez of Miami, Manuel Torrez Jr. (Janet) of Mesa, Terry Torrez of Miami, Nicholas Torrez (Chevera) of Phoenix, Linda Valencia (Mark) of Chandler, and Chris Torrez (Vikki) of LaCrosse, Wis. In addition, Manuel is survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is also survived by his brother, Antonio (Tony) Jr.
Manuel will be remembered for his quick and often wicked sense of humor, his immense love for his family, especially for Anna, and his strong, passionate personality.
He will be missed because he touched and influenced so many people. Many stories, by family members and friends, will be told about him in the coming days. We call ourselves lucky for having him in our lives.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. with visitation at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 844 W. Sullivan St., Miami, Ariz. Visitation will be followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Mass will be followed by a reception at the meeting hall adjacent to the church.
There will be a private internment ceremony, immediate family only, at Mountain Breeze cemetery following the reception.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to local Veterans’ organizations in Manuel's name