OBITUARY

Manuel "Manny" Camilo Morales

July 18, 1929July 2, 2019
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Manuel Camilo Morales passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Manny was born on July 18, 1929 in El Paso, Texas in an area known as “El Barrio Del Diablo” to Andres and Jesusita Morales who have preceded him in death. His siblings are Sofia Parga, and Reymundo Morales, Isidro Morales, Lena Hernandez and Andres Morales all who have preceded him in death. His only surviving brother is Humberto Morales (Ofelia). Manny’s father died when he was 11 and he was raised by his loving mother and Uncle Angel. Although he lost the sight of his left eye when he was 12 it didn’t stop him from excelling in life. Manny married Enriqueta Samaniego and had 4 Children, Martha Morales, David Morales (Shelly), Cynthia Fierro (Gary) and Camille Abreo (Victor). Manny had 11 Grandchildren Angelica, Eric, Leigha, Alison, Erin, Alex, Ryan, Madeline, Chris, Tracey, Nikki and 18 Great-Grandchildren. Manny was an outstanding athlete at Bowie High School excelling in football, and receiving a football scholarship to the University of New Mexico where he was the first Hispanic to be on the football team where he was known as "Camilo", and the first Hispanic to belong to the Sigma Chi Fraternity. His education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the army during the Korean conflict. He was a tank commander and played football with the 4th Army. He returned to UNM to finish his degree in Education. He taught and coached football in Albuquerque and then at Jefferson High School. He then became an insurance agent with State Farm, retiring after 52 years at the age of 84. City Alderman and El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame were some of his accomplishments, but the one he was most proud of was BASA, which he founded to help give the Bowie Athletes recognition on their accomplishments. After his retirement he sold his beloved home and made an addition to his daughter’s home where he would spend a lot of time with his best friend and great-grandson Nathan. His adoring wife will cherish the life they had together and their everlasting love forever. Manny enjoyed life and loved his family, as he famously wrote one Thanksgiving, “My Love for My Family will live forever, El Camilo.” Our love for our father and grandfather will live forever...In lieu of flowers please make donations to the “Manny Camilo Morales Bowie” Scholarship fund” Compass Bank, 2110 N. Yarborough Dr. 79925 Act #6774138453 Rt#113010547. Visitation will be Monday July 8, 2019 from 5-9PM with a Vigil at 7:00PM at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana Ave. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar. Interment will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery at 1:00PM, West Shelter.

  • FAMILY

  • Enriqueta Morales, Spouse
  • Martha A. Morales, Daughter
  • David C. Morales, Son
  • Cynthia L. Fierro, Daughter
  • Camille A. Abreo, Daughter
  • Mr. Manuel Camilo Morales leaves behind eleven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren to cherish his beloved memory.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Vigil Service Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Manuel "Manny" Camilo Morales

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Angie M. Garcia

July 16, 2019

To Manny's beautiful wife and Family:
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort your Family now and in the days ahead. May the love and presence of our Lord bring you peace and comfort in knowing that he is now rejoicing in God’s heavenly Kingdom.
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived,,,

Angie Morales Garcia - El Paso, Texas

Angie M. Garcia

July 16, 2019

To Manny's beautiful wife and Family:
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort your Family now and in the days ahead. May the love and presence of our Lord bring you peace and comfort in knowing that he is now rejoicing in God’s heavenly Kingdom.
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived,,,

Angie Morales Garcia - El Paso, Texas

Edmundo Maldonado

July 12, 2019

Mr. Morales was my English teacher in 7th grade at Jefferson Jr. High School in 1960. He also tutored me in English and prepped me for the Spelling Bee. He impacted my life in a grand manner and created a significant memory and recollection in my heart that I always recalled and never forgot. As a 43 year old Junior at UTEP, we were tasked with writing a paper about a "Hero" in our life.
I had entered UTEP after a 20 year career in the U. S. Army and having traveled around the world in addition to 2 tours in Vietnam.
The person that came to my mind immediately was Mr. Manny Morales because of the recollection of what he'd done for me. Eventhough, unbeknown to myself at the time, he had opened a new much larger world for me through that simple gesture of "teaching" me English through class instruction, tutoring and Spelling Bee prepping. Speaking and pronunciation of the English language had been a great embarrassment to myself at a very young age. For about 5 or 6 years (kinder through 4th grade), I was raised living at the Houchen Settlement property surrounded by English speaking Anglo American women missionaries. My English pronunciation during that epoch, caused me some embarrassing situations and somehow I recognized the "way out" through English classes and Spelling bees. Prior to having Mr. Morales come into my life, I had participated in a Spelling Bee at Alamo Elementary School in the 4th grade. I placed 4th in the entire school and started feeling "gooder" about myself.
Three years later, he came into my life and what a blessing and eventful impact he struck in me.
I never forgot and perhaps, just maybe perhaps why I became a teacher myself, for 18 years in San Elizario, Clint district in Horizon and inner city school in North Dallas. All those years, helping migrant Spanish speaking children to learn English.
Thank you Manny.

Edmundo Maldonado
"Honorary" Class of 66
Bowie High School

Lawrence Morales

July 8, 2019

God bless our family and give comfort to those with heavy hearts, I love you uncle Manny rest in peace.

Jessica Hernandez

July 3, 2019

Tio you were the most sweetest and kindest person. Thank you for being such a wonderful brother to my GrandMother Lina. I love you.

Your Great Niece
Jessica Celina Hernandez

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