In Memory

David Torres

Deceased Classmate: DAVID TORRES
Date Deceased: 04-02-20036
Age at Death: 52
Cause of Death: short-term illness
Classmate City: Lemitar
Classmate State: New Mexico

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07/31/09 01:38 PM #1    

Juliene Brewer (Killoran)

From the Salt Lake Tribune

David Arnold Torres
David Arnold Torres 11/29/1950~4/2/2003 David Arnold Torres, 52, of Lemitar, NM., passed away April 2, 2003 due to a short-term illness. Born, Nov. 29, 1950, in Salt Lake City to Stella Talamante and Felix Torres. Raised by loving grandparents, Alfredo Raymundo and Gertrudes Torres. Married Melonia Sargent in Salt Lake City May 11, 1973. Marriage later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He was a university administrator and professor for over 20 years. He was involved in civic affairs and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as president of the Sierra Nevada Girl Scout Council in Reno, NV. He loved learning, his family, and the people he worked with. Survived by his wife; daughters: Amy (Brice) Cocanour, Nicole (Spencer) Andrus, Elizabeth Torres (all Reno, NV.); son: David Torres; sisters & brothers: Corine Torres, Judy Torres, Martha Swenberg, Shirley Pearson, Mary Macklin, and Dora Gutierrez, Felix Torres, Bobby Torres; aunt: Margie Rendon; mother: Stella Talamante; and the Sargent family. Family extends thanks to all members of the LDS Hospital Liver Transplant Team, especially Dr. Terry Box, Rosemary DiLauro, and Jennifer Nielson, as well as the other hospital personnel for extending many kindnesses to David. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Deseret Foundation/ Liver LDS Hospital Transplant Program. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. at Holladay 4th Ward, 4917 Viewmont (2085 E.) Friends and family may call Saturday from 11:30-12:15 p.m. prior to services. Interment, Historic Holladay Memorial Cemetery.

07/31/09 01:44 PM #2    

Juliene Brewer (Killoran)

As posted in New Mexico Tech's newsletter

Dr. David A. Torres, New Mexico Tech's Director of Affirmative Action, passed away on April 2, 2003 in a Salt Lake City hospital after a short illness. He was born November 29, 1950 in Salt Lake City. He attended Salt Lake City schools and graduated from East High School in 1969.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1973. While there, he was a founding member of an organization that promoted the rights of minority students and he lobbied the state legislature for funding. He met his wife, Melonia Sargent, at the U and they were married May 11, 1973.

He started his career as a pharmaceutical representative in Tucson, Arizona but he hated waiting to see doctors and he missed the mountains so they returned to Salt Lake City where he embarked on a career in Equal Employment Opportunity. Jake Garn, now a former U. S. Senator, hired him to be the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the City of Salt Lake. In advancing his career, he moved to Wisconsin. He was the Affirmative Action Officer for the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He enjoyed academics and had an opportunity to return to his native state where he was employed at Weber State College (now University) as the Director of Affirmative Action. Later, duties were added and he was also Associate Director of Business Services. He continued to pursue higher education and received his masters in public administration at Utah State University while working full-time.

His goal was to receive a doctorate from a university in another state. Education and learning were important to him. He accepted a position at the University of Nevada, Reno as the Director of Affirmative Action. He received his doctorate in 1992 in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration and was made a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society. He continued to pursue his career goals by being employed at Iowa State and Mississippi State Universities as Director of Affirmative Action. The South was a long way from his daughters and the grandchildren that had started to arrive so they moved back west to Socorro, New Mexico where he was the Director of Affirmative Action at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

He has been an adjunct professor in management, education, and political science at Weber State University, University of Nevada, Reno, Iowa State University, Mississippi State University, and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Community, public service, and church activities were important to him. Some of these activities were that he was an International Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Fellow to Chile. He served on athletic boards and committees at various universities. He was a board member, vice president, and president of the Sierra Nevada Council of Girl Scouts of America, as well as a board member of the Prairie Council (Tupelo, MS) Girl Scouts of America. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a board member of New Mexico First. He served on advisory committees for various organizations. He was a Boy Scout leader. He did presentations on various topics associated with his profession. He served as Young Men's President and Ward Clerk for his church.

He loved hunting, fishing, and painting. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Melonia, and son, David S. (Lemitar, NM); daughters: Amy (Brice) Cocanour; Nicole (Spencer) Andrus; and Elizabeth Torres (all of Reno, NV); five grandchildren.

07/31/09 01:52 PM #3    

Juliene Brewer (Killoran)

I was stunned to see that Dave had passed away!! It was great to see him at East High School's 20th Reunion! Dave and I spent many days walking home from 'Roosie' together. He was a nice person and he will be missed!

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