Jose Merced Florez
1922 - 2016
Cope Memorial Chapel Farmington
404 West Arrington Street
Farmington, NM
José Merced Florez, 93, of Blanco, with his family by his side, gave his gentle and kind soul to the Lord Jesus on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. He knew no stranger and spent his entire life serving his family and his community. He was born March 19, 1922, in Gobernador, to Abel and Fidela Vasquez Florez. He served as a sergeant fourth class in the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. His service included the liberation of the Philippines in 1945. In 1946, José married Florence Hancock, and they were blessed with 12 children. They made their home in Blanco and were to celebrate 70 years of marriage on Oct. 26, 2016. In 1979, after 30 years of service, he retired from the El Paso Natural Gas Company and continued his passion for ranching, building the BAR MF family ranch along the San Juan River. In 2007, José being an extremely faithful man, donated land in Gobernador to the Benedictine Sisters to establish Our Lady of the Desert Monastery. He encouraged his family to be stewards of the monastery, voicing his wish that care for the sisters be continued for generations to come.
José Florez was preceeded in death by his parents, Abel and Fidela Vaquez Florez; son, the Rev. Marc Florez; and grandson, Gregory Fitt. He leaves behind his loving wife, Florence; and his children, Vi Florez Tighe (Girard), Steve Florez (Dolores), Louella Florez Evans (Jesse), Frank Florez (Gloria), Katrina Florez Fitt (Jeff), Bill Florez (Abby), Kenneth Florez (Joanna), Corine Florez Trujillo, Susan Florez Chavez (Ken), Robert Florez (Charrise) and Carmen Florez Mansi (Tom). He is also survived by 40 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited for José at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 7378 U.S. Highway 64 in Blanco.
The Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Friday, Feb. 26 at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Blanco, followed by the internment in Santo Nino Cemetery in Gobernador.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Our Lady of the Desert Monastery, P.O. Box 556, Blanco, NM 87412, or at
Jose's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at
Published by Farmington Daily Times on Feb. 24, 2016.
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To the Florez family/Vi and Jerry,
Our most sincere condolences. We are proud and blessed to have known Mr. Florez. We see a true legacy living on in the family he and our Lord has blessed. Peace to all.
Robert and Gerrie Gallegos
March 1, 2016
Florence, and all the Florez children! I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers will be with you during this very very difficult time! I send my love and prayers your way.
Valerie Joy Kreilick
February 26, 2016
Dear Carmen, I want to send a big hug full of love and support to you.we Love You!!
Ufema Bernal
February 26, 2016
To the Florez family Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our with you all.
Yolanda Bingham
February 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. My parents had great respect for Jose and Florence. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Maurine Johnson O'Neill
February 25, 2016
Mrs Flore and all Florez family so sorry he was a wonderful person sending prayer for all the family may he rest in peace God Bless all the family Sonny and Theresa Martinez and family
February 25, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and your entire family dear Katrina Flores Fitt at this difficult time. Masses are being offered at this time for the repose of your beloved dad. May his gentle soul rest in the perfect peace of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Barry Eneh
February 25, 2016
Our deepest heartfelt prayers are with you Carmen, your precious Mom and the Florez family during this time of grief and loss. Your father was truly one of Gods gifts. May Jesus and our blessed Mother give you comfort and peace now and forever-we love you, God Bless Always, Linda & John
Linda Seabrooks
February 25, 2016
God Bless you Carmen and the rest of your family. You have a wonderful guardian angel in heaven now.
Sandy Nickel
February 25, 2016
Carmen, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Evelyn Olguin
February 24, 2016
Susan and Ken, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Evelyn Olguin
February 24, 2016
To all the Florez family. Sorry for your loss. May God Bless him and your family. My prayers are with you all. RIP Mr. Florez.
Albert Sandoval
February 24, 2016
To Vi, my deepest condolences. Your father sounds like he lived his life to the fullest. I know he had to be proud of you for your accomplishments. Blessings to you and your family.
Penny Pence
February 24, 2016
To all the Florez family. Sorry for your loss. May God help you find comfort and peace during this time.
DiAnn Martinez
February 24, 2016
To Mrs.Florez and Florez Family,
May the Lord's Divine Mercy console you and give you peace.
Terrence and Bettie
February 24, 2016
Kenny, Joanne and all the Florez family! So sorry for your loss! We'll keep you all in our prayers!
Roberta and Richard Dagit
February 24, 2016
From the entire Advanced Environmental Solutions Team, our condolences go out to all of you during this very hard time. May God bring Peace into all of yours hearts and souls.
February 24, 2016
Dear Vi,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that your beloved father's soul rests in peace.
Zia Hossain, UNM
February 24, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you during this time. may God bless you always.
Lorena Gonzales
February 24, 2016
Carmen and Family, My words seem inadequate to express your sadness and void at this time. I am praying that the love of God enfolds all of you during your journey through this grief. And though it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, I pray one day in the future you will be able to look back at all your memories and find the comfort you need in the days to come. Know that the legacy your father left is strong in every breath that you and your children take. God bless you.
Tina Valdez
February 24, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Florez family.
Nora Baca
February 24, 2016
To the Florez family so sorry for your loss. I will miss him and especially not seeing him at the Gobernador Reunion. God bless you all n may he RIP.
Mary Jane Maestas
February 24, 2016
What a loss to the community. Mr. Florez will sure be missed. Prayers for all of his family.
Vi Fielder
February 24, 2016
Our condolences and prayers to the Florez family.
Robert and Shirley Olbert
February 24, 2016
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