Francisco Manuel Iglesias Bocanegra

October 23, 1919 - July 13, 2013
Francisco Manuel Iglesias Bocanegra was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Manuel was the youngest son of the late Santiago Iglesias Pantín, Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives (1932-1936) and Justa ("Matuta") Pastora Bocanegra . He Graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and from Yale University School of Communications.
His military service included 29 combat missions during World War II as Lead Crew Radar Officer on the B-29s. He received numerous decorations for service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
His post military career included honors in business and government. He was selected 1973 Businessman of the Year in Puerto Rico. Manuel received a Certificate of Merit for Contribution to the White House Small Business Conference. He was a member of the Republican Presidential Task Force and served his Alma Mater for over 35 years as an Alumni Interviewer. His interests included politics, sports, horse racing, and debating! But most of all, Manuel loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Maria, of 25 years, 7 step-children, Lulu, Xiomara, Manuel, Gabriela, Luis, Ted, and John Paul, and 21 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years, Haydee, and is survived by his 5 children, Manuel, Santiago, Haydee, Jose Antonio and Joaquin, as well as his 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
His Nation will receive him with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 8, 2013