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LT. COL. EVAN BELISARIO QUIROSMay 5, 1918 ~ Dec. 13, 2009Evan Belisario Quiros, 91 years of age, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 with his family by his side. His guidance and wisdom will be missed by all who knew him and will be forever honored as a proud American who served his country with utmost pride and privilege.He was born in New York, New York, on the 5th of May 1918 to Jose Belisario Antonio Quiros and Evelyn Evans Quinlan. At the age of 14, during the great depression, his father moved his family to Monterrey, Mexico. Evan's job was to drive a truck with the family's furniture from New York to Monterrey. That journey taught Evan a fierce independence that served him all of his life. While living in Monterrey, Evan was sent to live with a local priest to improve his Spanish by visiting the villages surrounding Monterrey. While achieving this goal, he also developed a love for firearms and hunting in the mountains.After living several years in Monterrey, his family moved to Laredo, Texas. During that time, Evan worked many jobs including the auto parts division of Sames Motor Company. However, he never let go of his passion for firearms, which led him to enlist in the United States Army. He met and married "the prettiest girl in Laredo", Mary Elizabeth Walker. He went into active duty service with the US Army on August 4, 1941 as an officer. Schools that Evan attended in the Army were Infantry School Fort Benning, Georgia and Command and General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He then fought in the French West Africa campaign. Afterwards, he was stationed in Puerto Rico where he was second in command of training for the infantry force that was scheduled to invade Japan. He was assigned to the invasion force in route to Japan when the war ended. He was awarded several decorations and citations. They included the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and 6 service bars. He retired in 1947 as a LT. Colonel at the young age of 27.After retirement from the Army, he returned to Laredo. He began working for his father-in-law, J.O. Walker, in the ranching business. Along with his two brothers-in-law, he formed a successful ranching operation called Vaquillas Ranch Company. The Colonel was in charge of accounting and oil & gas leasing. Vaquillas Ranch Co. had over 250, 000 acres. A successful south Texas rancher, he still found the time to serve on many civic and bank boards. He was well known as a conservationist, wild game manager and an outstanding rancher. He also continually represented landowners in fair taxation.The Colonel's real joy was his love for firearms. He was an expert marksman and every gun that he owned was considered the best. Either his firearms performed with precision or they were repaired or discarded. He was featured in many gun and shooting magazines. He loved to hunt and traveled the world in pursuit of his hobby.Evan Quiros is preceded in death by his parents Jose Belisario Antonio Quiros and Evelyn Evans Quinlan, his wife Mary Elizabeth Walker of 65 years, sister Nina Quiros, granddaughter Susana Quiros Jacomini, three great-grandchildren, Mia Arthur, Tomas Jacomini and Vivi Jacomini.He is survived by his three children and their spouses. Sadie Diane and Charles Gyurko, Evan James and Mary Quiros, Quinlan Quiros and Spike Robinson, 9 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.Family and friends visitation will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel located at 1410 Jacaman Road from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. A Rosary will commence at 7:00pm in the evening. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Friday, December 18th at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Laredo City Cemetery. Lt. Colonel Evan B. Quiros will be honored with a full Military Honor Guard Service. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that a donation in the name of Lt. Colonel Evan B. Quiros be made to Helpingahero.org P.O. Box 890786 Houston, Texas 77289 This organization builds homes for wounded veterans.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2009
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