Manuel Jimenez went Home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday night, November 19, 2012, with his family by his side. Manuel was born April 2, 1936 to Jose Jimenez and Teresa Flores Jimenez in San Saba, Texas. He was raised there, but also lived some years in Mexico as a child and later returned to San Saba. Don Manuel, as he was called by many, was a jack of many trades. He worked in construction in his younger years in Texas and in California, but his main line of work for most of his life was in the agricultural and ranching industries. He, his parents and siblings were migrant workers in Texas, Arizona, and California. He eventually settled back in Texas as an adult where he continued to work in the agricultural field. He worked many years in the pecan industry. In later years he worked at Tarleton State University in Environmental Services where he eventually retired. He met and married Catarina Cabrera in May of 1975 and moved to Stephenville. They were blessed with the birth of their only child, a daughter Blanca Flor Jimenez, in January of 1978. She was his "mi chula". Blanca later blessed him even more with the birth of his grandson and namesake, Manuel "Manuelito" Adrian Montgomery on April 25, 1999.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Catarina Jimenez of Stephenville; one daughter, Blanca Jimenez of Stephenville; one grandson, Manuel Adrian Montgomery; one sister, Elida Ramon of San Saba; three brothers, Jesus Jimenez and wife, Juana of San Saba; Homero Jimenez and wife, Nelda of Stephenville; Jaime Jimenez of Stephenville; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other special friends. He had a special aunt Godmother: DoloresMendiola of San Saba. Manuel was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elisa Jimenez, Delia Jimenez; brothers, Jose Jimenez Jr., Leonardo Jimenez, Salvador Jimenez, Enrique Jimenez, and Antonio Jimenez.
Manuel was a favorite of his many nieces and nephews. Many of them stayed with him and his family for summers while they were growing up. He put them to work and taught them a good work ethic at Wolfe Nursery in Stephenville. He helped raise many kids, including his niece, Graciela Ramon and Moises Ramon who considered Manuel as a big brother rather than an uncle. His niece by marriage, Elena Cabrera, thought of Manuel as a father and he was like a grandfather to her children, Marcus Cabrera and Danielle Casarez; his daughter’s godchildren, Kevin Devin Flores, Julian Hernandez, and Jonathan Resendiz. He helped raised Richard, Johnny, and Linda Sosa, who considered Manuel as their dad. He was a man of great wisdom and often gave good advice. Manuel never met a stranger and could make conversation with anyone, young or not so young. He will be missed by many friends and family.