Francisco Dumanal Blas, 71, a retired US Army Ranger, with the 82nd Airborne Division, went to be with our Heavenly Father on October 1, 2017.
Born July 10, 1946, in Sinajana, Guam, Francisco was the son of the late, Francisco Garcia and Maria Dumanal Blas.
Francisco started his military career in 1968 and retired in 1991, serving 2 tours in Vietnam and 1 tour in Desert Storm. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Vietnam war. After his retirement from the military, Francisco began his second career as a federal contractor working as a heavy duty mechanic in Fort Bragg, NC. At age 63, he contracted for 2 years overseas: 1 year in Afghanistan and 1 year in Iraq.
In 2011 Francisco became a co-founder of the National Organization for Chamorro Veterans in America, where he also served as a National Coordinator.
Francisco is survived by his children, Christopher Blas of Reston, VA, Maria Tillman and her husband, Bartholomew of Phoenix, AZ, and Francisco Blas II and his wife, Erica of Holly Springs, NC; his grandchildren, Shawna, Alexis, Anya, and Frankie Boy; his sisters, Rosalia, Maria, Teresita, Dede, Francisca, Florence, Barbara, Marlene, Judyann, and Tina.
In addition to Francisco’s parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Antonette, Roque, and Pedro Blas.
A viewing service will be held on October 14, 2017, between 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 pm, in the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel located at 401 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay Varina. There will be a celebration of life with a dinner at the American Legion Post 116, 6400 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay-Varina, following the service.
A funeral service will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Post Chapel located in Arlington National Cemetery. Interment will follow the service with full honors.
Arlington National Cemetery
Tuesday December 12th, 2017
1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22211
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I would always meet Frank at Guam Liberation parties and he would always be laughing and joking. I will miss not seeing him at those events. Rest In Peace che’lu and God bless the family.
Submitted by Richard Guerrero on Oct 13 2017 07:52:12 PM
Rest in Peace primo.
Submitted by Frank Dumanal on Oct 12 2017 05:47:04 PM
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Patricia Ryan lit a candle on Oct 11 2017 04:05:27 PM
You were a good father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend to all who knew you. Like a brother, you were always there for me and the rest of the Dero family. We could always count on your support and good nature. You touched all of our hearts. I will certainly miss the good times we shared and especially that hearty laugh of yours. My thoughts and prayers are with your children and sisters, and their families. Rest in peace Primo....Tating
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Rest in peace. God watch over thier family. Might he be up thier watching over you all. Much love sister and to the family.
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Eddie, Florence, Sonny & Chanel ~ Castro Family
In memory of my special "Brother, Frankie"
Today is full of memories of my brother, laid to rest and every memories is filled with happiness. There was so much pain when it was time to let you go. This special message is sent to heaven above for the angels to take care of you and give you all my love. My "Brother" is to me the very best of all.
Eddie & Florence Castro
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Submitted by Florence Castro on Oct 8 2017 10:22:36 PM
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