Roland Andrew Torres Sr. (Red), 83, born Aug. 4, 1930, in Welcome, La., died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Red honorably served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of The U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division Company also known as The Cotton Bailers. Red was extremely proud of his war veteran status and loved to share stories of his Army experiences.
After the war, Red worked as a sheet metal fabricator. Employed by University Mechanical, he worked on many projects throughout the country. By far the most significant was his work on Navajo Dam located in North Western New Mexico. The significance was not the work on the dam but rather the location. It was here that he met a local Farmington girl who later became the love of his life.
Red was one of 10 children born to the late Helen and Otis Torres. He is survived by his children Brett, Mandy and husband Tito, Aimee and partner Don, Andrew and wife Trish, treasured grandchildren Charles, Sam, Devyn, Ernesto, Zachery, Caesar and Saige. He is also survived by siblings Herman (Tip), Cesaire, Mildred, Clara and Helen. In addition, Red will be forever remembered by numerous family members and countless friends.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend of 44 years Sharron Torres, parents Helen and Otis Torres, brothers Roy, Joseph (Nick) and sisters Hilda and Pearl.
Red grew up on a South Louisiana sugar cane plantation located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Red was Cajun to the core. I guarantee 63 years out of the Bayou had little effect on his strong accent or love of LSU Football.
Cremation will take place and friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of his life from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1245 N. Chaco Ave., Farmington, NM 87401.
Red's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, 2013