Max Torres Sr., 83, member of a prominent Socorro business family and owner of Sunset Liquor, died December 29, 2018, with his wife, Priscilla, and all eight of their children at his side.
He was born in Socorro on August 2, 1935, to Joe and Gertrude (Baca) Torres. He attended local schools and followed in the footsteps of other Torres men in carving out a 50 year career centered on business and politics, both which he loved and was devoted to. Max was in his element talking to people about local history and of course, politics, a lifelong avocation. As life changed, so did the business, adapting to each new challenge that came along, including a devastating fire. But like Max himself, the family rose from those ashes to rebuild the business and keep the doors open. In its heyday, the Sunset was a popular entertainment venue with live bands on weekend nights. He was active in the Republican Party at the local, state and national levels, serving as a National Delegate to the Republican National Convention and with Priscilla, attending inaugural ceremonies for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Max was extraordinarily proud of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; his children, Max Torres Jr. (Mona), David Torres, Karen Armijo (Alan), Jennifer Greene (Kelly), Joe Louis Torres (Esther), James Torres (Bonnie), Darren Torres (Mary "Bunny"), and Christopher Torres (Mandy). He also leaves behind sisters, Barbara Sanchez (Gilbert), Theresa Torres; brother, Robert Torres; 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
He is preceded by his grandson, Brad Armijo, and great-grandson, Max Torres IV.
Rosary was recited on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at 7 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro.
Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 11a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church. Celebrant was Father Hickman. Burial will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery after the service.
Pallbearers were Max Torres III, Erik Sanchez, Justin Greene, Austin Armijo, Marcus Torres, and Felipe Chavez. Honorary pallbearers are Christopher Torres Jr., Joe Torres Jr., and David Torres Jr.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Max's care has been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services in Socorro.