Manuel Herrera Jr.

August 15, 1926 – March 6, 2021

Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom–an intense and absorbing love for nature; a respect for life; enriching faith in a supreme power; and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide.

Luther Standing Bear


Manuel (Manny) Herrera Jr. shared a life of love with his wife of 73 years, his 7 children, his 15 grandchildren, his 20 great-grandchildren, and his community, which now stretches well beyond the city of his birth.


Manny’s Tucson roots run deep, going back to the mid-1800s when it was still a Mexican pueblo. He was extremely proud of his heritage and his community. His community involvements include the Knights of Columbus, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (President), the All American Award Program (Co-Founder), and many many others.

He was a Navy veteran who served in World War II. After serving, he found his way into the United States Postal Service. He started as a clerk and worked his way up to Post Master. Following 36 years of service with USPS, he retired and opened a boutique on 4th Avenue together with his wife. The jewelry shop was located just across the street from Caruso’s Italian Restaurant, where he and his wife had their very first date.

Some time ago he was stricken with Dementia. He knew he was not well and he did not want to be a burden or be ill. 

He is not sick anymore.

This website is for all of us to remember and celebrate his extraordinary life, share our stories (and our grief), and to honor the legacy of love that he left behind. For all of us.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, All American Awards, P.O. Box 11411 Tucson Az. 85734-1411

On behalf of my mom, Josie, we wish to thank you for all your condolences, messages of love, and support. Thank you.