Telesforo Lorenzo “Lawrence” Manchego, age 79, passed away peacefully in the early morning on Friday November 1, 2019 at his home in China Spring, TX surrounded by his family.
Lawrence was born on November 17, 1939 in Garcia, CO, to parents Flaviano and Viola Manchego. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1958 and enrolled in the Air Force in 1960. He received basic training at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, TX. He spent eight years stationed in various locations including Spain, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Roswell, NM. On June 13, 1964, he married Betty Jane Vigil in Costilla, NM. The couple had three children. In 1972, he moved to Colorado Springs, CO and accepted a position in civil service at the Air Force Academy where he worked for 24 years, eventually retiring in 1996 at the age of 57. In 2002, he moved to China Spring, TX where he lived the rest of his life surrounded by his immediate family.
Lawrence will be remembered for his loyal, generous, and quiet soul. He was a devoted husband and loving family man who dedicated his life to the service of his family, friends, and community. He served in the National Guard from 1980 to 1984 and was also an active member in the Colorado Springs chapter of the American GI Forum, a Congressionally chartered Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization. He played an active role in his grandchildren’s lives; he picked them up from school, moved his granddaughters into college, and delivered McDonald’s to his grandsons. He was a lifelong Denver Broncos fan who enjoyed his early morning walks and delighted in the silly things in life including his large collection of Christmas-themed, singing stuffed animals. His never ending strength and playful, gentle spirit provided a lifetime of memories for his beloved family and he will be dearly missed.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Manchego; his three children, Sharon Manchego, Melissa Carranza, and Larry Manchego; his six grandchildren, Robert Medina and wife Jackie, Jacqueline Cordova and fiancé Michael, Felicia Cordova, Matthew Cordova, Stephanie Lefthand, and Nathaniel Carranza; his three great-grandchildren Amie, Robert Jr., and Lawrence Medina; his siblings Joe Manchego and wife Helen, Adeline Atkinson, Patsy Vigil and husband Arturo, Johnny Manchego, Jimmy Manchego, Shella Trujillo and husband Thomas, and Ronnie Manchego and wife Tammy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Flaviano and Viola Manchego and his siblings Marbella Romero, Leon Manchego, and Mary Vazquez.
A rosary will be held on Thursday November 7 at 6pm and a funeral mass is scheduled for Friday November 8 at 10:30am with a reception to follow. All services will be held in Northglenn, CO at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be at the VA National Cemetery in Colorado Springs at 12:00 pm on Tuesday November 12. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lawrence’s life. The family would like to thank Laurie and Niki with Bluebonnet Hospice, Dr. Turnage, Dr. Cross, Dr. Ylitalo, and Dr. Singh. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
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