Manuel Gutierrez Nevarez(1918 - 2013)

Manuel Gutierrez Nevarez

May 12, 1918

June 25, 2013

Manuel Gutierrez Nevarez passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in the early morning hours surrounded by his family at Renown Medical Center, at the age of 95.

Manuel was born May 12, 1918 in Durango, Durango Mexico to Alfredo and Alejandra (Gutierrez) Nevarez.

Manuel and his family moved to America and later settled in Salinas, California where he graduated from Salinas High School in 1939. After high school he worked part time at Spreckles Sugar Factory before joining the 40th Tank Company of the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard. From there his unit was activated and he was sent on to Fort Lewis Washington, where he was later deployed overseas to the Philippines. On April 9th, 1942 he was captured as a prisoner of war and began the now and infamous Bataan Death March. During the 13 day march, over 25,000 men died. After surviving the Bataan Death March and being a POW he returned to the United States in January of 1945.

He had a period of recovery from his time serving in World War II and did a variety of jobs.

In the early 1950's he found the love of his life, Erma (Navarro) Nevarez, and shared an amazing 63 years with her until his final hours.

They had four children together and during that time he found his passion and talents as a mechanical engineer for Sea & Ski Corporation. The company moved to Reno, NV in the late 1950's where he settled and lived in Sparks, Nevada until his death.

In addition to his work with Sea & Ski Corporation he also worked for the Blood Services of Reno every weekend for ten years. This helped him to take his family on many memorable trips to places like Disneyland, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park.

He belonged to the Elks Lodge No. 597 for 47 years making quite an impression with all of his Elk brothers. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America volunteering his time to Troop 87 in Sparks, NV. He coached for Sparks Little League and volunteer teaching first aid classes to the Girl Scouts and other organizations.

After 35 plus years of working he retired and went to several Super Bowls, traveled back to the Philippines, San Juan Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington and spent many hours with each grandchild as they were born. He loved to teach his grandchildren to fish and also telling them fish tales.

He was very proud of his children and told them every time he saw them that he was proud of them. His tag to "I love you" was always "I love you more" and we are positive he surely did.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Erma Nevarez, of Sparks, NV; son Roberto Nevarez, of Roswell, NM; daughters Elizabeth (Nevarez) Wolfe, of Jerome, ID, Yvonne (Nevarez) Smith and Noreen (Nevarez) Hill, both of Sparks, NV. His last surviving sisters, Rosaline Romandia, of San Jose, CA, Frances Miller Myers, of Roseville, CA and Lovie Adamis, of Rocklin, CA. He also leaves behind his 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren that were very dear and close to his heart.

Per his wishes there will be no immediate service and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made in his name to Veterans Guest House, 880 Locust Street, Reno, NV 89502.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 30, 2013