Manuel "Manny" Herrera, III Sunrise 7/25/1949 - Sunset 7/27/2014 Manny lived his "dash" to life's fullest serving God, family, country and career. Born the second child, first son, of surviving heart-broken parents, Manuel Herrera, Jr. and Josephine Anne Herrera. Predeceased by son, Manuel "Chip" Herrera, IV. Survived by siblings, Mary Theresa Moreno (Mic), David Herrera, Yolanda Herrera, Rebecca Quintero (Ric), Cecilia Herrera and James Herrera (Tina); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Beginning his education at St. John's Catholic School, a high achiever, serving as alter boy, continuing to do so after graduating 8th grade and served as alter boy, lector at St. Monica's. Graduating Valedictorian Sunnyside High School 1967 (Mr. Sunnyside). First family member to graduate from University of Arizona, joined ROTC. Upon graduation enlisted in the US Army. Received an Honorable Discharge after four years as a First Lieutenant. Earned his Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Working in administration both San Joaquin and Denver Regional Transportation. His last move before retirement was as the Human Resource Manager for Alexandria, VA, Fire Department. His final move was to be Goodyear, AZ where he had purchased a home to spend the rest of his life. Planning on shedding his suits and ties in exchange for Levi's, cowboy shirts and boots cause he was heading to the Wild West where his life began. We love you Manny. In lieu of flowers, family lovingly request donations for a memorial tribute in his honor at the Manuel Herrera, Jr. Park's Peace Garden, c/o Beki Quintero, P.O. Box 11092, Tucson, AZ 85734. Honor Guard/Flag presentation prior to Memorial Mass at 12:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014, St. Monica's, 212 W. Calle Medina Monseigneur Van Wagner officiating. Celebration of Life 2:00 p.m. Mesa Ridge Mobile Home Park activity center, 1402 W. Ajo Way.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 22, 2014