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Camilo Mansanarez

Camilo Silviano Mansanarez

Monday, July 15th, 1929 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Camilo Mansanarez, 90, passed from this world into God’s Kingdom, on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at Homelake Veterans Center. Camilo was born on July 15th, 1929 to Manuel and Theodora (Martinez) Mansanerez. At 21, he married the love of his life, Beatrice Valdez. Together they raised their two daughters and one son.

Camilo is survived by his wife, of 70 years, Bea; daughters Rosalyn (Joseph) Velasquez and Linda (Anthony) Cherry; brother Levi Mansanarez; grandchildren Jodi Velasquez, Joel Velasquez, Amanda (Tommy) Espinoza Velasquez, Vanessa (Luis) Brinez, Davi Lee (Logan) Mansanarez, and Cameron Mansanarez (Tanner Nelson); great-granchildren Matthew, Adrian, Leilani, Jediah, Faith, Wyatt, and Sebastian; and great-great-granddaughter Olivia; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Manuel and Theodora; son David Kelley; and siblings Isaac Mansanarez, Virginia Martinez, Clara Jimenez, Fred Mansanarez, and Alice Lopez.

Cam was a Veteran of the Korean War serving as a Construction Engineer specializing in restoring destroyed bridges. He also served a tour during the occupation of Japan following WWII.

Cam owned and operated the J2C Auto Repair Shop along with his brothers-in-law, John and Alex Valdez for many years. He then was employed as a construction engineer at Homelake Veterans Center. During his lifetime he built his own home, became an accomplished professional artist, mastering all mediums of art and silversmithing. He taught silversmithing at the Monte Vista Community School and taught art at the Rio Grande County Museum.

Although Cam lost his eyesight in 2006, he continued to paint from memory. In 2013 he entered an art contest sponsored by the National Veterans Art Association. His first place award sent his painting to Washington, D.C. to be hung in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Cam Was a loving, kind, generous man, who loved visits from his grandchildren, family gatherings, the outdoors, the mountains, aspen trees, gambling and dancing. His family will miss his loving presence, dinner prayer and quick witt.

In celebration of his life, a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monte Vista, Colorado on February 18th, 2020 at 10 AM. Burial to follow at the Homelake Veterans Center Cemetery in Monte Vista.

The family of Cam would like to express sincere appreciation to the Monte Vista Ambulance, Alamosa Regional Medical Center and Homelake Veterans Center for the compassionate and loving care he received while at these facilities.

Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements. To offer condolences or words of strength for the family, please visit www.rogersfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your preferred Diabetes Foundation. Donations can be made in care of the mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St Josephs Catholic Church, Monte Vista, Colorado
    Address
    425 Batterson Street
    Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
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    Officiant
    Father Albert Berkmans
  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Homelake Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
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