Narciso (Chicho/Cecil) Q. Torrez


Narciso, 95, of Sun City West, AZ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on March 15, 2020. Pneumonia was simply too much for his body (two weeks shy of his 96th birthday) to handle. He was born in Jerome, AZ, on March 29, 1924.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Juan Medrano Torrez and Rosario Quijada Torrez; the love of his life and wife of 48 years, Mercedes (Robles) Torrez; and daughter, Mercedes M. (Ripley); his seven siblings: John, Aurelio (Guero), Sebastian (Tano), Jesus (Jessie), Rosa (Garcia), Theresa (Arias) and Vera (Guzman).

He is survived by his daughter, Irene (Jim) McDavid of West Point, CA; his son, Daniel N. Torrez of Hayward, CA; and his son-in-law, Ron Ripley of Union City, CA; plus 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also at his side when he passed was his companion of many years, Ruth Prizant.

Narciso was inducted into the US Navy immediately after graduation in 1943. As a World War II Veteran he wore his hat proudly wherever he went.

He worked in the mines of Jerome before moving his small family to California. There he worked many jobs, always trying to better himself and improve life for his family.

Late in life he would marry Charlotte (Diaz) and return to Arizona. After her passing in 2011, he lived independently in a home he loved for the remainder of his life. He stayed very active, made friends easily and was loved by many. He loved playing his guitar and singing. He loved to dance, make jewelry, tinker around in his garage making items out of whatever he could find, and loved doing puzzles.

He was loved by many and will be missed by many. A private service was held March 30, 2020 in Hayward, California.