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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Our condolences & heartfelt sympathy to all of you. We enjoyed visiting with your dad whenever we ran into him while visiting my brother Joe Torres in North Carolina & also in Texas with Tony Blas. We found him to be a good, caring & family oriented man. He will surely be missed. May He Rest In Peace In God’s Heavenly Kingdom Forever!!! Our thoughts and prayers be with you as you undergo this difficult time.
Gil & Doris Esplana
Copperas Cove, TX
Submitted by Gil & Doris Esplana on Oct 7 2017 04:11:48 PM
Our condolences to the family. Thoughts and Prayers will be with you and may my Primo Frank Rest in Peace.
From the Quintanilla family on top of the hill. MaiMai Rd, Chalan Pago, GU
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Rest in Peace my friend. May god keep you in his kingdom FOREVER. Gone but not forgotten.
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Rest in Peace my Friend, You surely will be missed by your golfing buddies and also our weekly gathering at Golden Corral. Condolences to the family.
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