Manuel S. Abarca went to his eternal home on June 17, 2019. He was born in Corpus Christi, TX on August 3, 1943 to the late Raquel and Manuel Abarca. He was a lifelong member of the Corpus Christi Cathedral where he went to grade school - preschool through eigth grade. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Alonso Abarca.
He graduated from W.B. Ray High School and earned his bachelors and Master’s degrees from Texas A&I (A&M) in Kingsville where he was a member of APO fraternity. He went on to work for Lever Brothers in Indiana as a chemist and later taught biology and chemistry at King High School in Corpus Christi. He later became a real estate broker and owned his own real estate company. He was also an accomplished artist, who studied art in New York and whose art hung in local banks and restaurants.
Manuel is survived by three sons, Keith Abarca of Sacramento, CA; Kyle (Jessica) Abarca of Dana Point, CA; and Kirk (Christy) Abarca of Lubbock, TX; six grandchildren, Zoe and Kai of Dana Point, CA and Trinity, AvaGrace, Elijah, and Jeremiah of Lubbock. He is also survived by one brother Ramon (Ruby) Abarca and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Chapel, 9821 Frankford Ave., Lubbock, TX on Monday, June 24, 2019. Interment will be in Corpus Christi at a later date.
Corpus Christi, TX
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I knew Mr. Abarca from work. He was a frequent HEB shopper and we always spoke when he would come in. I work at HEB. Mr. Abarca was a kind man and very very nice. I always enjoyed speaking with him. Me and him would always talk about movies and just how things are going. He is going to be greatly missed.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
I will greatly miss you Manuel. We spoke over the phone every day and shared many prayerful moments for the past 10 years. As I promised you, you will always remain in my prayers. Till we meet again! Love, Volley
Sunday, June 23, 2019
My heart-felt condolences are extended to my cousins, Keith, Kyle, and Kirk and father (Ramon).
Uncle Manuel will not be forget! And, his memory lives on in you, your children, and Uncle Manuel’s grandchildren…
Again, my sincerest condolences,
Cousin Bernard Abarca