Armando D. Fuentes, 92 of Burnet, gained his heavenly crown on Monday, July 30, 2018. He was born on December 30, 1925 to Francisco and Natividad (Dena) Fuentes in Winters, Texas.
Armando attended elementary school in his hometown of Winters, Texas until the third grade, at which point, he began working to support his family. His upbringing developed him into the dedicated and hardworking man who didn’t retire until the age of 85. Armando lived by three simple principles: work hard for as long as you can, be grateful for everything…always, forgive and harbor no bitterness. Within these principles lies the explanation for the simple, yet inspirational man his family knew and loved so much. He only shopped at the thrift store, didn’t collect trinkets, rarely used the air conditioner, even on the hottest summer days. As an alternative to running the air conditioner, he would leave the windows of his house cracked open a few inches…which his family ruefully discovered three years after he had vacated his home to live with them. Being a practical man, he always made do with what he had and never complained. He preferred to forego flamboyant pleasures such as denture adhesive to keep his dentures in place and didn’t seem to mind the clacking that resulted when he chewed. It later became apparent that he also didn’t mind that his dentures where not even a matching set! He was grateful for every little thing and valued his family over any “thing”. He was easy to love and so forgiving. Armando is and will continue to be an inspiration to his family for his good character and Christlike example.
He was preceded in death by his wife Elvira “Vera” Fuentes, parents Francisco and Natividad (Dena) Fuentes and siblings Berta Fuentes DeLuna, Rosalua Fuentes Reyes, Alicia Fuentes, Esther Fuentes, Olga Fuentes Juarez, Guillermina Fuentes Villarreal, Oscar Fuentes, and Leonel Fuentes.
Armando is survived by his sons Frank Fuentes and wife Norma, Samuel Fuentes, Armando Jeffery Fuentes and wife Elizabeth, daughter Annabel Nelson and husband Chad, stepdaughter Dolly Minjarez, stepson Noe Minjarez, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Family will hold a private family service in San Angelo on August 25.
Memorial donations may be made in Armando’s memory to the Salvation Army online at www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give.
Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654.