TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Francisco “Frank” Garcia, 78, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the United Methodist Church with Pastors Javier Parra and Adolfo Reynaga officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.
Frank died at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., on Jan. 29, 2020. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Colyer Funeral Home and the casket will be open briefly prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Frank was born Feb. 6, 1941, in Laredo, Texas, the son of Sebastian and Ascencion (Longoria) Garcia. At the age of six, his family moved to a farm east of Lyman, Neb., and he attended school there.
He met Esther Escamilla on Feb. 11, 1967, in Torrington, they married. In 1965 he started work for Holly Sugar and later Western Sugar in Torrington and worked his way up to sugar boiler. They moved to Torrington in 1966. He retired in 2004 but continued to work campaigns until 2019 when the factory shut down.
Frank enjoyed fishing, family vacations, museums, historical places and information, western movies, reading, singing and the Colorado Rockies baseball team. He was a member of the Spanish Assembly of God church, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, evangelist and as an interim pastor when needed. He was also a member of REBA and the Ministers Alliance of Wyoming and Colorado.
Frank is survived by his wife Esther of Torrington; sons Francisco Garcia Jr of Torrington, Juan Garcia of Moses Lake, Wash., and F. Javier Garcia of Torrington; daughters Elissa Garza of Moses Lake and Erica Garcia of Arvada, Colo.; brothers Juan Garcia of Tampa Bay, Fla., and Thomas Garcia of Surprise, Ariz.; sisters Yolanda Mendoza of Grand Prairie, Texas, Guadalupe “Linda” Escamilla of Fortney, Texas and Esperanza “Hopie” Lerma of Tampa Bay; 20 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents three brothers, Sebastian, Daniel and Abelardo; a sister Lorenza; two granddaughters; and one great-grandchild.