Francisco Dumanal Blas




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.