Manuel (Cuate) Evaro, age 74, peacefully passed away April 14, 2014. Cuate Manuel was born May 27, 1939 in La Mesa into a family of 12; it being reported he was number 8 or depending on who told the tale, number 9. Manny will remember him by his "signature" mustache or the mischievous twinkle in his eyes as he told his stories or expressed his opinions. As a proud Marine, he made sure all knew the motto "Semper Fi". He served in the Navy Reserve, was a Vietnam War Veteran and was very active in the VFW Post 4384 and the Marine Corps and American Legions. He was very patriotic and a strong advocate for all veterans - his comrades. He had a lifelong passion for fishing, hunting, camping, big bonfires - where his famous cowboy coffee was made, reading, doing crossword puzzles, drawing amazing pictures and arguing with all sports fans (we all knew that the Dallas Cowboys was not a subject to bring up!). He was a force to be reckoned with, he had a heart of gold, and he would give you the shirt off his back. As a handyman he tried to fix or recycle everything! He was very good at causing a ruckus and then making us laugh until we cried. Manny retired from NMSU in December 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Estella Avalos Evaro of the family home; two daughters, Sylvia Orme (Dave Thune) and Leticia Evaro; three grandsons, John Soto, Zachary Soto and Alejandro Evaro; daughter-in-law Consuelo Evaro; sisters Damicia Chavez, Bernadette Cano, Sara Carrasco, Frances (Edward) Avalos, Kila (George) Sanchez, Mary (Juanito) Acosta; brothers, Cuate Rudolph (Margaret) Evaro and Albert (Matilda) Evaro; sisters- in-law Ester and Dolores Evaro. He was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence M. Evaro, his parents, two brothers and a sister. Visitation for Mr. Evaro will begin at 6 PM Monday, April 21, 2014 in San Jose Catholic Church, 353 E. Josephine Street in La Mesa where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 7 PM. The Holy Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10AM Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Saint Genevieve Catholic Church, 100 S. Espina Street with the Reverend Ron Burke, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho Avenue where he will be laid to rest. Military Honors will be accorded by United States Marine Corps Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League – El Perro Diablo Detachment. Fellowship will follow immediately at Saint Genevieve Parish Hall. Serving as casket bearers will be Tommy Chavez, Ruben Sedillo, Frankie Benavidez, Albert Evaro, Jimmy Flores and Gilbert Avalos. Honorary bearers will be Michael Nevarez, Kenneth Avalos, Luis Carrasco, Michael Avalos, Rudy Evaro, Joe Gomez, Chuy Gonzalez and Victor Lucero. Service arrangements have been entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 20, 2014