Manuel M. Flores, 81, of Mammoth, Arizona passed away Aug. 22, 2017. He was born on Feb. 3, 1936 in Clarkdale, AZ to Carlos and Theodora Flores, the fifth of four brothers and eight sisters.
He was married for 57 years to Anita Flores (deceased) and raised six children, Rachel Flores Duran (deceased)(Dan), Richard Flores, Patricia Flores Villegas (Art), Manuel Flores Jr. (Sandy), Norma Flores Lucero (Johnny) and Irma Flores Silvas (Martin). Grandfather to Arturo Villegas Jr., Regina Villegas, Christopher Villegas, Andrino Garcia, Elissa Duran, Daniel Duran, Alex Duran, Manny Flores III (deceased), Leanna Flores (deceased), Cecilia Flores, Celina Flores, Jessica Silvas Serrato, Gabriella Silvas, Sonya Lucero Gonzales, Johnny Lucero III, Michelle Villegas Lozano, and Adrienne Duran. Great grandfather to Andrino Garcia Jr., Ayva and Cruz Gonzales, Johnny Lucero IV, Azaiah and Anthony Fernandez.
He was born into a musical family. At the age of 4 or 5 his father taught him the piano and then the drums. His family was well known throughout the Verde Valley. Manuel was a drummer in the family band. His father had a family orchestra that started his music career. He was a prodigy musician. He learned to read and write music at an early age from his father. He picked up interest in the saxophone from his brother Johnny who was his high school band teacher in Flagstaff, which ultimately earned him a full music scholarship to Northern Arizona University. He decided not to pursue the college scholarship because he met his wife Anita. Years later his interest in the accordion began, which ultimately became his legacy. Throughout his life he was a musician, first with his brothers and sisters, and later with his own band Conjunto Monterrey with his son Richard Flores. They appeared on the Mexican Theater Sunday show. His current band was Conjunto Manny Flores and they recorded two CDs. His music will live on through his CDs.
His love of music came from his father, and his love of God and serving others from his mother. His mother’s love transcended to his children.
He began work at Magma Copper in San Manuel at the age of 18 as a truck driver, then became a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He retired after 45 years of service.
He was involved with the Cursillo for many years as a rector. He helped initiate, coordinate and build two rooms and showers to accommodate both men and women for weekend retreats that exist to this day by the Blessed Sacrament Hall.
He was one of six retired miners all over the age of 70 who created, designed and constructed the Mammoth Miners Memorial through donations and fund raisers throughout the Tri-Community. The mission of the six retired miners was to build a memorial in honor of the miners who lost their lives during decades of copper mine operations. His father’s death at the mine helped inspire the memorial.
Manny was well known and loved throughout the community. He had a compassionate heart and a great sense of humor. He was a mentor to many!
He would wake up in the morning and ask “How can I Help.” Those words he said were powerful because he was used as an instrument to help others.
Manny believed that everyones differences were like an instrument playing their own part. Nobody is the same in this world. We have to use every instrument and combine it. We have to play our own part making family a good harmony song.
You will be missed – Beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Mammoth, Arizona. Rosary is at 9 a.m., visitation 9:30-10 a.m., and Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mammoth Valley View Cemetery. Reception to follow at Blessed Sacrament Hall.
The family was assisted by Griffith Mortuary. Visit the online memorial at www.GriffithMortuary.com