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June 22nd, 2017 under Obituaries


Fidel Vasquez

Fidel Vasquez

Fidel H. Vasquez passed away in Midland, Texas on June 20, 2017 at the age of 93.

A rosary and funeral service was held on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. Pallbearers for the service were Leo Orozco, Larry Porras, Javi Valdes, Rocky Valdes II, Abel Vasquez, and Luis Fidel Vasquez.

Fidel was born October 31, 1923 in Casa Piedra, Texas to his parents, Natividad Russell Vasquez and Teofila Herrera Vasquez.  He is survived by his loving wife, Maria Dolores (Lola) Gonzales Vasquez.  He is also survived by a son, Fidel Jr., his companion, Melissa Livingston; Fidel Jr.’s children, Andrea Vasquez, Luis Vasquez, Abel Vasquez (Crystal) and their mother, Debra Vasquez.  He is also survived by a daughter, Diana Vasquez Valdes, her husband, Rocky Valdes; their children, Rocky Valdes II (Salena), Elisa Jankly (Chris) and Javi Valdes. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Ghianna, Luis Fidel, Cypress, Brodie, Derick, Danika, Bethany, Bettina, and Isaura.

Fidel’s surviving brothers are Hector, Daniel, and Ismael Vasquez and sister, Maria Elena Garcia.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Teresa Pippen, Genoveva Porras, Margarita Minjarez, and brother, Alberto Vasquez.

Fidel attended school in Casa Piedra and later, after his family moved to Marfa, Texas, he attended Blackwell School.  In 1943 at the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country in World War II, for 36 months.  After the war, he recounted how his U.S. Army construction unit shipped out ahead of its supply ship, which was later attacked and sunk by the Japanese.

After returning to Marfa, he began a career with the Texas Highway Department that lasted for 38 years. He started as a heavy equipment operator.  He was well known for his skills in helping to maintain ranch roads and other projects in the Tri-County area.  He completed his career with the Texas Highway Department as Maintenance Construction Foreman III.  He retired in 1985.

Fidel married the love of his life, Lola, on April 5, 1959 in Shafter, Texas.  They then lived the majority of their 58 years of marriage in Marfa, where Fidel was a member of the American Legion, G.I. Forum, V.F.W., Paisano Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus.  He and Lola were life-long members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa.

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