Armando C. Elias
April 1, 1927 September 16, 2013
Armando C. Elias age 86, passed on to be with our Lord on September 16, 2013 surrounded by his family after a short illness.
He was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona on April 1, 1927 to Manuel P. Elias and Maria Chomina de Elias, both deceased. Armando is survived by his children, Edna Leticia Elias Smith (Robert), Jorge Antonio Elias and Cesar Ochoa (Gloria) all from San Diego; his brothers, Manuel Elias (Tilly) from Sunsites, Jose Luis Elias from Yuma and Roberto Elias (deceased) (Lily); 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Armando graduated from DouglasHigh School. Upon graduating he served in the US Army during WWII. After his military service he worked for his father at the family ranch in Fronteras, Sonora, Mexico. Armando also worked at the Yuma Test Station (Yuma Proving Ground) as assistant Chief Civilian Personnel Officer and Executive Secretary on the Board of Examiners for the Civil Service Commission and for the Arizona State Employment office as District Manager in the Yuma office and Assistant Chief Director for both the Tucson and Douglas offices.
Armando was very active in Yuma as the VFW Commander, American Legion and various other community organizations. Armando retired and moved to Vail, where he became President of the Descendientes Del Presidio de Tucson Organization and was also President of The Arizona Historical Society.
He also authored a book on the Elias Family which took him approximately 20 years and many trips to Spain, Mexico City and other locations where he gathered information about the family, dating back to the 18th century. The book details the lives of the 13 Governors in the family (Mexico), to include one President, Plutarco Elias Calles and seven Generals, 10 Colonels and other high ranking Political Elias members to include the present Governor of the State of Sonora Mexico, Guillermo Padres Elias.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow in the family plot at CalvaryCemetery with Military Honors by the Fort Huachuca Honor Guard, the American Legion and VFW.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Descendientes Del Presidio de Tucson, P.O. Box 50871, Tucson, AZ85703.
Brown Page Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 364-3434.