A rosary will be recited for Franc isco Reyes Herrera, 57, of Roswell, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, with a funeral service at 12 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Deacon Ernesto Martinez officiating. Francisco passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Born Aug. 13, 1956, to Reyes P. and Amelia J. Herrera, who preceded their son in death.
He is also preceded in death by his oldest son, Francisco Reyes Herrera; and nephew, Xavyr Jo-Ray Herrera. He is survived by his three daughters: Marcelina Monique Herrera, Felicia Garica and Sheila Reye Benavidez; his son, Santiago Martin Herrera; his six granddaughters: Jazmen and Zaryia Sheriff, Eveangelina, Danika, Nadyah and Gianna Herrera; and four grandsons: Santiago Herrera, Jacob Benavidez, Traviathen Sheriff and Luis Antonio Garcia. He is also survived by three brothers: Hernando, Lorenzo and Reyes Herrera Jr.; his four sisters: Ermelinda Wylie, Yolanda Herrera, Christina Jimenez-Herrera and Blacita Herrera. He is also survived by our last living uncle, Guadalupe Herrera (Tio Lupe). He is survived and loved by many nephews and nieces and too huge of a familia to even begin to name.
Francisco served his country with honor. He enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1976 till 1982. He was stationed to Ft. Lewis Washington, where his second son, Santiago Martin Herrera, was born in 1979. In 1980, he was stationed in Ft. Gordon Georgia, where his daughter, Marcelina Monique Herrera, was born. In the years he served, he was stationed in many places. He was eventually deployed to fight in the Panama Canal War. He received a ranking of E5. When his time served for the county was done, he worked for Satellite Communications as an electrician in Arizona. He also worked in Roswell for the U.S. Postal Service while attending college.
He was a jack of all trades — electricity, carpentry, plumbing — he did it all, he was everyone’s handy man. But to the familia he was “OUR EAGLE OF THE NIGHT.” He enjoyed being in the mountains hunting, fishing, camping, singing and dancing and drinking a nice cold one with the family or anyone who was around. For sure, he would take a bowl of homemade tortillas, beans and red chile — especially Mama’s — over a big juicy steak. To him, just being in the outdoors was his freedom. One thing for sure is he loved his mother so much he would walk across town just to take her a rose. He loved all the family unconditionally — no matter the trials our family faced, he could not express more to each of us to be “familia” as our parents have taught us. His kindness and unconditional love is a lesson for all to take one day at a time, cherish your loved ones and be kind to all — especially those who are in need because we only have one life on this earth to live.
He always had a big heart. If he had only the shirt on his back, he would gladly give it. For those of you who knew him, there is no need to explain why he left us. He will remain in all our hearts forever as he touched each of us in our own ways.
Pallbearers: Hernando Herrera Jr., Reyes, Miguel, Domingo and Tony Alonso, Reyes Cruz Herrera and Andrew Herrera. Honorary pallbearers: Santiago Herrera, Reyes Herrera Jr., Lorenzo Herrera, Santiago, Nathan-Ray and Jo-Nicholas Aguilar and Danny Gonzalez II.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.