Eusebio Sergio 'Joe' Torres
Eusebio Sergio "Joe" Torres died Tuesday July 11, 2000, in Kingman.
He was 79.
Torres was born March 5, 1921, in Kingman to Cristobal Nunez Torres and Louisa Valdez Torres.
Downtown Kingman was Mr.
Torres' playground as a child.
He enjoyed going to Lang's Theatre for Friday serials; admission was 14 cents.
He would spend the week earning his 14 cents by selling cooper and lead.
His family taught him to value community service.
Evidence of three generations of their contributions to the community range from the stone cuts for the railroad made by his father, to the masonry work of his brother on the Lt.
Beale and Eternal Light monuments, to his mother's paintings.
Torres got his first job as a messenger for Postal Telegraph in 1939.
One year later he was transferred to Williams as manager and worked in communications for 31 years.
He served in the U.S.
Army during World War II.
He remained in Germany after the war to work as communications supervisor, establishing military communications and procedures in 17 offices.
Upon his return to Kingman, Mr.
Torres started the Pony League summer baseball program for area youth.
He was a coach in the Pony League for 17 years.
He was also chairman of the youth activity programs for Optimist International.
Torres served as an officer in the VFW, commander of the American Legion Post 14 and Lions Club.
He was on the committee for incorporation of Kingman in 1951.
As publicity chairman for four terms in the Democratic Central Committee he furnished newspaper layouts and radio spots in Spanish for the candidates.
In 1964 Mr.
Torres was appointed to the city Planning and Zoning Commission.
In 1965 he was appointed to the City Council where he made a recommendation for a city complex.
The complex sight was selected and building began in 1974.
He was elected to three four-year terms to the council; served as vice mayor from 1968 to 1970, and mayor from 1974 to 1978.
While on the council he served on the executive board of the League of Cities and Towns for 11 years, served as chairman of the Council of Governments for four years; and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Arizona Mexico Commission.
He was also an active member of the Downtown Community Council, chairman of the Office of Economic Development and Planning Committee.
Torres worked to bring a nutritional program to the county and provide it with funding.
He was instrumental in helping the city acquire the old post office building, introduced a beautification program and recommended a tree planting program.
He worked to get the necessary funding for automatic arms for safer railroad crossings downtown.
He also worked towards the completion of the Hualapai Mountain Bridge project.
At the state level, Mr.
Torres worked towards enacting legislation on transportation of hazardous materials.
He testified before special committees of the state Congress on budget limitations, state mandates without relief and labor disputes.
He was also instrumental in the institution of a bed tax to encourage tourism.
Torres owned Kingman Cab Co.
from 1967 to 2000.
From 1970 to 1973 he was police commissioner, and was hospital board chairman from 1980-1985.
He established the first library at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a building that held many school day memories for him.
Torres is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Irene (Murrillo) Torres; son Michael Dennis Torres of Phoenix; daughter Marquita Margo 3Bebe2 Doshier of Kingman; two sisters, Berta Torres and Eva Esquerra, both of Kingman; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 15 nieces and nephews; and 41 great-nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be held at 6 p.m.
today -Tuesday July 18, 2000 - at St.
Mary's Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday July 19, 2000, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.
Immediately following the services will be a memorial gathering and benefit at the American Legion Hall at Third and Oak streets.
Ruby McCabe, a Golden Valley resident, died Sunday July 16, 2000, in Kingman .
She was 79.
McCabe was born March 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Okla.
She worked for Keith Co., a Los Angeles manufacturing business, as a bookkeeper.
McCabe was a member of the Kingman Church of the Nazarene and Order of the Eastern Star.
McCabe is survived by: her husband, Gerald McCabe of Golden Valley; two daughters, Frances Leona Lewis of Tulsa, Okla., and Delores Christenson of Texarkana, Ark.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services, officiated to Pastor Thomas Paine, will be held at 10 a.m.
on Wednesday July 19, 2000, at Church of the Nazarene, 4715 N.
Stockton Hill Road.
Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery.
on Friday July 21, 2000, at the Valentine Cemetery.