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Nicolas Carranza

Memphis, tn

Nicolas Carranza, passed away peacefully August 2, at age 84. Born February 2, in Villa El Triunfo, Usulutan, El Salvador. Predeceased by his parents, Nicolas Carranza Pastora and Teresa Marquez Rivera and his siblings Consuelo, Evangelina, Julia and Reynaldo.

He studied law in the National University of El Salvador. In 1954 he entered the "Cap. Gral. Gerardo Barrios" Military Academy in San Salvador, where he started his brilliant military career. On May 7, 1957, he was promoted to the honorary rank of Sergeant of the Company Cadets and on November 15, 1957, was promoted to the rank of second Lieutenant obtaining 1st. place in his class. In addition, he was the recipient of the First Class Merit of Honor medal from the Military Academy and the "Bernardo O'Higgins" medal awarded by the Republic of Chile for his outstanding military spirit. Additionally, he obtained a special Saber, awarded to the first place of his class, by the Institute of Hispanic Culture of the Kingdom of Spain. As an officer of the army he rose up to the rank of Colonel. His military studies include: 1958 basic course of Artillery, from 1958 to 1960 specialized studies in different military centers of the United States, including an Artillery course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1962, he was commissioned to do military studies in Savannah, Illinois. In 1964 he obtained a Diploma of Honour of Merit and a gold medal for obtaining 1st place in the Special Forces Course in El Salvador. From 1969 to 1972, he studied at the Escuela Superior de Guerra in Mexico, where he received the title of General Staff Officer and was awarded the "Primer Premio Especial" of the XXXIX Class of Special Course Command and General Staff for obtaining 1st place. Was Professor of Tactics and Operations in the Command and General Staff School. He was also a Professor and Deputy Director of the "Cap. Gral. Gerardo Barrios "Military Academy. He was a member of the high command of the Armed Forces of El Salvador, and occupied the office of Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and Vice Minister of Defense and Public Security. He was also Manager and President of the telephone Company. and President of the Electric Company.

He is survived by his beloved spouse of 59 years, Norma Elizabeth Tobar, and their children: Victor Manuel Carranza (Blanca), Maria Teresa Penna (David), Norma Elizabeth Castro (Julio), Ana Consuelo Romero (Otto) and Claudia Geraldina Raffety (John); 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and his siblings Estela, Jorge, Luis and Mario Abilio. Nicolas was a wonderful husband, a loving, responsible father, grandfather, great grandfather, a loyal and good friend.

In 1985, he emigrated with his family to the city of Memphis TN, where he became a citizen of the United States of America. He and Norma are members of Church of the Holy Spirit, Memphis, TN.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Mass will be Friday, August 4, at Church of the Holy Spirit at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 3, 2017
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