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Mariano ” Rick ” V. Manriquez Mariano ” Rick ” V. Manriquez, age 91, passed away peacefully at home in Litchfield Park, AZ, Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born April 16, 1926 in Humboldt, AZ to Higinio and Manuela (Villaca ñ a) Manriquez and was the sixth of nine children born. Mariano graduated valedictorian from the ninth grade in Clemenceau and was the salutatorian of the Clarkdale High School class of 1944. After graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. While in basic training he joined five fellow recruits who called themselves The Gospel Team and would go out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Army sent him to Guam for further training, but before he finished his training the war ended and he was honorably discharged. Using the G.I. bill he enrolled in the University of Arizona and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He leaves behind his beloved wife Emma (Bátrez) Manriquez; son, Rick Manriquez and his wife Cheryl of Federal Way, WA; daughter, Julie Rataezyk and her husband Jack of Litchfield Park, AZ; daughter, Jean Manriquez of Kent, WA; and son, Dean Manriquez and his wife Marcela of Irvine, CA. He enjoyed spending time with his 6 grandchildren Alex Rataezyk, Brandt Rataezyk, Gilbert Rataezyk, Cole Rataezyk, Paloma Manriquez and Ivana Manriquez. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Guadalupe Ochoa, Cecilia Anisa, Ysmael Manriquez, Honorato Manriquez, Maria Eliza Manriquez, Carmen Manriquez, Helen Kallenback, and Jimmy Manriquez. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. The family suggests that donations be made to World Vision. Condolences can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Published on  December 11, 2017
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