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Fred E Abeyta

July 17, 1940May 12, 2020

Fred E Abeyta, 79 of Westminster passed peacefully on May 12, 2020.

Fred was born July 17, 1940 in Trinidad, Colorado to Eva Chavez and Ernest Abeyta, raised in Pueblo CO.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Eva Manzanares and step father Ralph Manzanares, brothers, Moses Martinez and Richard Manzanares.

He is survived by his wife Darlene Abeyta and his daughter Rhonda Abeyta (Aaron Wiggans) and Son Randy Abeyta (Tera) and grandchildren, Evan, Preston, Ashton and Rilynn; sisters, Lucy Aragon, Yolanda Donatto and Brother, Dave Manzanares (Kathy) and numerous nieces and nephews.

From humble beginnings, Fred was a successful business owner over the last 35 years. He retired from American Pawn after 23 years in 2016. Beyond his businesses Fred loved his family and being together was most important to him. Fred was a good man, he loved, advised and supported everyone. He was a man of few words and his generosity had no bounds. In turn he was respected and loved deeply by family and friends.

A memorial/celebration of life will be planned in Colorado at a time when family and friends can travel safely to attend the event.

Unforgettable in every way. And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Virtual Funeral Service via Facebook Live

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


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Penny Segura

May 21, 2020

I met Uncle Fred only a couple of times but feel I've know him forever through all the wonderful stories my husband Frank has shared. Uncle Fred and Aunt Darlene always made me feel welcome and a big part of the family . They have loved my husband as their own and are some of the best people I've ever known. Uncle Fred will be greatly missed.

Loretta King

May 21, 2020


Sylvia Segura-Evans

May 21, 2020

Uncle Fred had the best chuckle ever, mild mannered, classy, best dressed, so so kind and I know he was the dog whisperer before there was a dog whisperer! You can walk in a room and if you had a dog that dog was for sure in Uncle Fred’s lap! I love you and will miss you so much. My thoughts and love for my Aunt Darlene, Rhonda, Randy and their families. Rest In Peace Uncle Fred.

Kathy Manzanares

May 21, 2020

We have a lifetime of precious memories about Fred! Fred was a huge influence on Dave as young man. He was a hard worker and and had his own version of style. As his mom would say he was "neat as a pin".
He loved music and Dave came to appreciate Jazz through him. It's been a part of our life ever since. Along with dancing. Fred and Darlene were the best dancers, Dave called him the latino version of Fred Astaire!
He loved cars and a very recently Dave took Fred to a upholstery shop where there was to his delight a 1960 Chevy Impala, a exact replica of one he owned when he was young. He thought he was in heaven, but now he really is!
One of my favorites was Fred speeding down I-25 to take me to the hospital to deliver my first baby, Krisha, in a snowstorm. I thought he was being kind of crazy but he knew better than me and was going to have no part of a delivery!
He gave our kids some of their first jobs, Ralph cutting his grass and Krisha and Tim working at a pizza store. He was a great boss.
One day when our son David was walking to school he crossed paths with Fred as he was in a fender bender, having time to give David a hug. After that I would would warn David to WATCH OUT FOR UNCLE FRED as a little joke.
Just recently he was so kindly bringing Dave and I Darlene's delicious Posole as we were recovering from surgeries. He was always so kind, with a generous heart.
He will always be in our memories and in our hearts. We cant wait to meet up with him in Heaven.
Dave and Kathy Manzanares and Family

Casey Rodriguez (Cardenas/Bernal)

May 21, 2020

💖Fred Abeyta, My Nino, Mr. Handsome💖

Danette Cardenas

May 21, 2020

I can hear Fred now, "hey, what's up kid?" In 1977, I graduated high school and Fred quit smoking. I remember him always telling me that the day I graduated was the day that he quit. I would like to think that it was for me, but I know it was for Darlene and his kids. If he were here, I would tell him I did finally quit too. I know he'd be proud. When you think of Fred, you immediately think of Darlene. They were inseparable and an inspiration. I know my brothers and I can't remember a time before Fred and Darlene. My mother, Florida Bernal and them were always together or not far behind the other. Whether they were taking a vacation, or at one of Freddy's shops, the pawn shop /pizza shop / video shop, or at one of their houses cooking, the three were always together, laughing, and making memories. When I think of Fred, I think of his dogs, his music and one of the best friends my mother ever had. I'd like to say thank you Fred, for lending me your wife when I need her during my youth, thank you for talking with me anytime I needed you and thank you for letting me stay with you briefly after graduation. You'll never know how much that meant to me. My brothers and I will always have nothing but kind and wonderful memories of you. For you are one of the best! I know you're surrounded by loved ones. Please give a hug to our mom and grandparents. Keep them laughing till we join you all. We will be sure to look in on Darlene. You will forever be missed.

Rest in paradise,

Danny, Derek and Danette Cardenas
"The Danareks"

Casey Rodriguez (Cardenas/Bernal)

May 20, 2020

Florida Bernal's 80th Birthday Dinner
April 2014
Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant

From left to right: Fred Abeyta "Nino", Rhonda, Florida Bernal, Darlene Abeyta "Nina" & Aaron

Casey Rodriguez (Cardenas/Bernal)

May 20, 2020

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood I have because of my Nino. From watching movies that he let me rent from the video store, to watching him help my momma & Nina clean up masa from tamales. His name for me, well, naturally "the brat" 😊 My mom used to tell us about babysitting him in his highchair, to becoming the best of friends. Nino was the type of man who one would see watching everyone else in the room, smiling, the one who was a shoulder to cry on when anyone needed it, he was the father to the fatherless, a friend to anyone who needed one & role model example of what a man could & should be! Nino, you taught me what it means to keep a promise, what to expect out of life when you put in the work & most of all you gave me my first sense of pride for overcoming all odds. Nino, you encouraged me NO MATTER WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH & that alone still speaks of the legacy Mr. Fred Abyeta has left behind. Thank you Nino, for never giving up on this "Brat"... I hope I made you proud because I am so honored to call you NINO! 💖 Rest In Paradise & give my momma & grandpa a huge hug from me! I promise to look in on my Nina from time to time ok... Till we meet again... I love you! 💖

Frank Segura

May 20, 2020

O my; they only allow me 2000 words to describe and pay homage to a life full and well lived. I could write a book on the love my uncle Fred gave to the world. When I received the news I had a 45 minute drive from work to home and cried the whole way. As I write this however, I smile. It was breakfast at Flows before going to work at the video shop. It was, "your putting to much cheese on that pizza". It was coming all the way to Montana to see me get married...it was spending the most amazing vacation ever. It was advice literally just a few months ago. I smile because I was lucky enough to have this extraordinary beautiful man throughout my life. To my cousins, Rhonda and Randy. And beloved Godmother and your families. Smile; You have an amazing love watching over you forever. Thank you uncle. Thank you for changing the world you lived in to be a better place for everyone you touched. Rest......

Anthony Manzanares

May 20, 2020

Our dearest uncle Fred, there are so many beautiful things we can say about you. But we would end up writing a book. One thing is for sure, we will miss you calling and checking on us, especially checking on the dogs. When we say uncle Fred, Chewie still runs around looking for you. Uncle we are going to miss your smile, your laugh, your words of wisdom. We are so grateful for everything you have done for us. Taking us under your wing after we lost our bestfriends my dad and Sandy's mom. I will cherish the times we spent together sitting in the pawn shop. You were like a second dad to me, I will always remember the long talks we use to have. You were a big inspiration to John you gave him his first guitar and amp. He now is on his way to be a great guitarist. We will always have you in our hearts. We love and will miss you very much uncle. Good Bye Vato


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