It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Narciso Eres, born August 2, 1929. He departed this life on April 8, 2012 and was a native of Pueblo San Juan de Guadalupe, New Mexico and proud member of Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe. A resident of Norwalk, California. Narciso ""Smokey"" Eres was born to Angelita Eres and was the grandson of Victoriano Eres of the Piro-Manso Tribe. A World War II Veteran, he served a total of three separate four-year Army tours between 1944 and 1968. Upon completion of his second tour he became a civil servant at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. ""Smokey"" moved to California in 1960 and worked at the Long Beach Naval Hospital while also serving as a union chief steward. In 1971, ""Smokey"" transferred to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach where he held various positions in the Public Works Department. He retired in 1988. After his retirement he continued to serve as President or Secretary-Treasurer of the base union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 2161. As a member of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe, he lead an active tribal life serving as war captain for over 15 years and also held the position of Oral Traditional Historian. His tribal name ""Chupe"" translates to ""smoke clouds"". A resident of Norwalk, California ""Smokey"" is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years Emma Puentes Eres. He is survived by his daughters, Rosalina Gonzales Correa, Josephina Gonzales Walk, Corrina Gonzales Sae-Saue, Victoria Ann Eres Leyva, Maryalice Eres Ashar, Juanita Gay Eres Fridge, Yvonne Louise Eres. Grandchildren; Samuel Gonzales Correa, John Gonzales Correa, Steven Louis Gonzales, Adrian Garcia, Jayson Ty Gonzales Sae-Saue, Ian Brooke Eres Deloach, Neal Lucas Eres Leyva, Tawnee Gonzales Sae-Saue, Brittney Jane Eres Leyva McCarthy, Randi Denae Eres Leyva, Noelle Brianna Eres Noel, Christian Brian Eres Noel and Great-Grandchildren, Steven Gonzales, Jessica Gonzales, Sonia Gonzales Garcia , Lukas Sebastian Gonzales Sae-Saue, Tobias Alexander Gonzales Sae-Saue, Linkyn Ann Eres Leyva, Kayla Gonzales Hiniker, Jonathan James Garcia. He is also survived by two brothers Fidel Marrujo, Alfonso Marrujo, and four sisters, Ernestina Hedgecock, Maria Mills, Elodia Mc Donald and Erminda Marrujo. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at Bataan Memorial Park on Roadrunner Parkway. A reception is scheduled immediately after at the VFW Post 3242, 2001 North Mesquite, Las Cruces.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 13, 2012