DENVER — Education and advocacy were intertwined for Fred Manzanares.
The man from the map dot of Garcia, Colorado – along the New Mexico line –saw learning as the way to a better life.
Generations of students and neighbors are grateful for his gifts. Tuesday, they gathered to remember the former Denver Public Schools teacher and administrator who was one of the district's first Hispanic teachers.
Manzanares was hired by the district in 1948, according to his son Donald Manzanares. He worked in Denver schools for 37 years, teaching elementary, middle and high school students. He was also a WWII veteran.
Manzanares died on May 16, 2020 at the age of 97. He is survived by his wife and four children.
> Video: Generations gather to remember Denver teacher Fred Manzanares
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