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Manuel Ramon Hernandez   I am a Veteran.
September 6, 1948  -  December 1, 2017

 

Manuel (Mannie) R. Hernandez, 69, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 1. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Mannie was born on Sept. 6, 1948, in Carrizozo, New Mexico, to Albert and Ysabel Hernandez. He grew up in Carrizozo with two brothers and two sisters. Mannie graduated from Carrizozo High School in 1967. After high school, he attended Durham Tech. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict where he served in Germany as a Supply Specialist. After returning from his service and throughout his lifetime, Mannie held various jobs such as butcher, carpenter, welder, caretaker, and water operator. In 2010, he retired from Alto Lakes Water and Sanitation District. Mannie served 16 years as Mayor of the Town of Carrizozo; some of his accomplishments included building of the Detention Center and new City Hall, improving numerous streets and the railroad crossing, and creating the Veteran's Park.

Mannie married Mary Schlarb on Mar. 11, 1972. They made their home in Carrizozo, New Mexico, where they raised their two daughters. Mannie and Mary enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for over 45 years.

Mannie is preceded in death by his father and paternal and maternal grandparents. Surviving Mannie is his wife Mary, daughters Yvette (Ami), Lynette (Mark), granddaughter Riley, mother Ysabel, siblings Albert (Bennie), Mary, Yolanda (Robert) and Ray.

Mannie enjoyed creating art in various forms; listening to music; collecting antiques; tending to his animals; and watching car shows, westerns, and football. However, he most enjoyed spending time with the sunshine of his life, granddaughter Riley. He will be fondly remembered for his youthful sense of humor and as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Mannie will be missed by his family, friends and community.

Prayer service will be Wednesday, December 6, at 9:30 AM with the funeral mass to follow at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial c/o Smokey Bear's Hometown Association PO. Box 223, Capitan, NM 88316.

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