PARGAS — Emilio Pargas, Age 88, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Socorro. He was born in San Marcial on Dec. 26, 1925, to Benito and Emilia (Baldonado) Pargas.
The family moved to San Antonio after the flood destroyed San Marcial. He served his country in the Army during World War II and was an honest, humble, and hardworking man who was devoted to his family. Emilio had a great respect for nature and animals and loved his dogs. He taught his grandchildren how to hunt and fish and he was quite the rockhound. He enjoyed collecting rocks and raising sheep on his farm. Emilio retired from the USGS after 20 years of service. Emilio had a dry sense of humor and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ralph, Luis, Herminio and Jose Pargas; and his sisters, Mary Ann Pargas and Amalia Gonzales.
Emilio is survived by his four loving children, Emily Pargas, Debbie Brook and husband, James, Linda Gerard, and Greg Pargas; his brothers, Horacio Pargas and wife, Irene, Natividad Pargas and wife, Maggie, Ernest Pargas and wife, Mary, and Benny Pargas; his sister-in-law, Adela Pargas; his grandchildren Cheryl Frazier and companion, Adolph Maynes, Lee Brook and wife, Julie, Larry Brook and wife, Shannon, Lauren Sirimanodham and husband, Anon, Pamela Smith and husband, William, Blaine Gerard II and wife, Caramia; great-grandchildren Michael, Steven and Bradley Fuller, Cheyenne Frazier, Lyria, Levi, Jett, Preston and Mason Brook, Chyenne Sirimanodham, Shiloh and Samuel Smith, Ciera, Blaine III and Cianna Gerard; great-great-grandchildren Paityn Fuller, Genevieve Maes-Fuller and soon to be born, Landon Fuller.
The Holy Rosary will be recited on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. at San Miguel with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant.
Interment will be in the San Antonio Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers are Lee Brook, Larry Brook, Bradley Fuller, Raymond Pargas, Ernest Pargas and Bennie Pargas Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers are his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a reception at the DAV, 200 5th St. N, Socorro immediately following the funeral. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Emilio’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801