Services are Friday for Merced Muniz

ALPINE – Merced Huerta Muniz, Sr., 61 of Alpine, died April 18, 2014. Rosary service will be tonight at 7 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m., April 25 at Our Lady of Peace and burial to follow at the Holy Angels Cemetery. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He was born Sep. 24, 1952, to Pedro and Celestina Muniz and lived in Alpine most of his life. He was employed at Sul Ross for many years, and enjoyed serving those in need doing carpentry work and other odd jobs in his free time. He loved golf, baseball and softball, and spent many years coaching youth baseball teams. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Felipe Muniz, Sr. and sisters Preciliana Mancha and Felicta Guadarrama. He is survived by his wife Cora Muniz, four sons; Jonathan Portillo and wife Mandy of Alpine, Robert Anthony Fierro and wife Lisa of Killeen, Felipe Valenzuela of El Paso, and Merced Muniz, Jr. of Midland; one daughter, Sabrina Muniz of San Angelo; five brothers, Celestino Muniz of Plainview, Pablo Muniz of Artesia, NM, Cruz Muniz, Sr., Juan Muniz and Joel Muniz, Sr. all of Alpine. He is also survived by his aunt Nicolasa Orquiz, and uncle Francisco Huerta both of Artesia, NM, 11 grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Damien Portillo, J.D. Portillo, Cruz Muniz, Jr., Joel Muniz, Jr., Paul A. Muniz, T.J. Arispe, Felipe Muniz, Jr. and George Vega. Honorary Pallbearers are Devon Portillo, Diego A. Fierro, Rodrigo Fierro, Isaiah Rivera, Reuel Portillo, J.J. Espinosa, and Bobby (Boludo) Estrada.
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