Manuel "Mannie" U. Sarabia, a family man, working man and local golfing legend passed away at 8:04 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. "Mannie," as he was called by family and friends, was born on Oct. 29, 1923 to Jose M. Sarabia and Maria Sarabia. Mannie served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945. He was known for working for Ikard and Newsome in which he worked for 35 years. Mannie was the City Ace Champion for Golf in 1971 and golfer of the year in 1975 and even played with multi major Leo Trevino. Mannie is survived by his wife of 62 years Mary Sarabia; and his three sons Gilbert, Samuel "Sammie" and Armando Sarabia. He is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Our lady of Health Catholic Church, 1178 N. Mesquite. Inurnment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory, 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 27, 2013