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<span class="normal">ALVAREZ – </span>Abran Alvarez, 89, passed away at his home in Van Nuys, California, on May 9, 2015. He was born on Oct. 22, 1926, in Socorro, New Mexico, to Abran and Estafana (Avalos) Alvarez. Abran was a proud veteran, serving in the Navy during WWII on the USS Bataan. He retired as a machinist from Weber Aircraft, in Burbank, California. He was a proud member of the International Association of Machinists. During that time he was working at Weber, he was part of the team that built the first ejection seat for the space shuttle Apollo. He was an avid fisherman and would often spend his Sundays fishing on a commercial fishing boat off our Southern California waters. He was a marathon runner, earning many trophies and awards, and ran until his mid-seventies. Abran fulfilled his lifelong dream of catching a big halibut while taking a trip to Alaska several years ago. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents; his sister, Amalia Gonzales Pargas; and his second wife, Mary. He is survived by his seven children, Benita, Stephanie, Elsie, Patricia, Danny, Corrie and Margaret; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Abran will also be greatly missed by his loving sister, Maria Briggs; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful friends, Eddie, William and Monica. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Socorro Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Interment followed in the Seventh-Day Adventist Cemetery in Escondida, New Mexico, where he was laid to rest beside his mother. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Abran's care has been entrusted to:

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It's such a sad time in Socorro when people continue to just let Mayor Bhasker do as he pleases and go after whomever he doesn't like.

Farmers Market texts

Robyn Harrison —For El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro Farmers Market vendor Kathy Berger helps shoppers at a Saturday market.

If you love shopping at the Socorro Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown vegetables, eggs, bread and jams but don't always remember to go, the market has just the thing for you: text reminders.