Mando Montez Barriga was born in Presidio, Texas to Soccoro Montez Barriga and Francisco Rede Barriga. Mando was raised in Presidio, Tx. Where he attended Presidio High School with many of his brothers and sisters. While Mando was in school he enjoyed playing football and sports. His favorite teams were the Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. Mando enjoyed art and music with a passion. Mando was a very proud father, grandpa, brother and uncle. He loved his family very much and would always try and keep up with all. He loved spending time with his children including his son Dominic and granddaughter Sunny Barriga, where he enjoyed going on vacation, drawing, playing guitar, swimming, and watching cartoons. He would go on to collect many vinyl records, record players and cassette tapes. His favorite type of music was oldies such as the Beatles and anything that made him dance. Mando loved dressing up in fancy clothes, cowboy boots and hats and going out to fiestas and dancing with friends and family. Mando’s hobbies included collecting antiques and refurbishing and making a business out of doing so. Mando was a believer in the Holy Spirit, he would pay respects to The Lord in the Catholic Church.
Mando is preceded in death by his parents Francisco (Chico) Barriga and Socorro Montez Barriga, his siblings Georgina Barriga, Jose (Caché) Barriga, Francisco (Chito) Jr. Barriga, Ninfa Arenivas, Eliseo (Lee) Barriga, Oscar Barriga, Esequiel Barriga (Baby Barriga).
Those that are left to continue and cherish his love and memory that he gave are, Mando Barriga Jr (son), Amanda Celeste Barriga (daughter), Dominic Valencia Barriga (son) , Sunny Autumn Barriga (granddaughter) and brothers and sisters Socorro Sotelo (Roberto), Mario Barriga (Darlene), Lorina Barriga, Ivan Barriga along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A message from his daughter Amanda Barriga
“Dad, I am so very grateful for the time I got to spend with you on this earth. Thank you for showing me your records and teaching me how to ride a bike and explaining to me why big foot was real. You would always teach me things and remind me of my Barriga family and how many of us there are. I will miss your silly jokes, I will miss you calling me your Mijita. Sunny will miss her grandpa so much. I know she was dearest to your heart, and she lit up your world. I know you are resting in peace with grandma and grandpa and all your brothers and sisters who have gone to heaven. Please dad always remind us that you are here. I love you so much. Your daughter always”
Mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Odessa, Texas on Saturday at 2:30PM