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Nicolas T. Flores

d. January 18, 2022

Nicolas T. Flores

Nicolas T. Flores of West Jordan, Utah passed from this life on January 18, 2022 at age 96. He was born in 1925 in Ballinger Texas, to mother, Natividad Tinajera Flores and father Andres Flores.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 45 years, Viola Archuleta Martinez Flores, his children by previous marriage, son Robert (Rose) Flores, daughter RoAnne (Mike) Beets, stepson Ric (Patti) Gire, daughter-in-law Lydia Flores, brother-in-law Robert "Bob" Archuletta, half sisters Dolores "Dodie" (Harlan) McLamore, Geneva Rodriquez (Alfredo Mares), half brothers Domingo (Eva), Rudy, his cherished grandchildren Harmony, Aubrey, Britteny, stepgrandchildren Erica, Levi, Reyes, Jenn, great-grandchildren Dominic, Bailey Rae, Clover, Valkerie, Jackson Jr., Ozzie, Nicolas, Lydia, step-great-grandchildren Landon Rey, Reyes Allan, Delilah Lee, great-great-grandson Edison. He was very fond of his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Andres Flores, mother Natividad Flores Villarreal, stepfather Domingo Villarreal, from his previous marriages, daughter Suzannah "Suzie" Flores, son Richard Flores, stepson Raymond Martinez, sister Carmen Diaz, granddaughter Francesca Flores, stepgranddaughter Stephanie Gire, brothers Joe "Lupino," Pete, Alfredo "Pelon," Joe Louis "Butchie," half brother Pasqual, stepsisters Juanita Moreno, Josie Cisneros.

He served from 1944-1945 in the U.S. Army in WWII, was severely injured in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest in Germany, and recuperated at the Bushnell Military Hospital in Utah. His experience was later featured in the KUED-TV PBS documentary, Utah WWII Stories. He was a 2015 participant on The Honor Flight Network to honor our nation's veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to tour the memorials in Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery.

He left Texas and moved to Utah where he started his own door business; Flores Doors which was one of the top door sales company at affordable prices. He worked to secure an income, not necessarily for riches - he preferred to help others.

He enjoyed traveling to US Territories, going on cruises with friends, trips to visit family in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California and New Mexico, travels to other states sightseeing, visiting forest areas, going to National Monuments especially the Arlington National Cemetery where U.S. Presidents are buried, not to mention old towns where he saw how others inhabited.

His passion was his door business, fishing, going to dances with his wife, playing cards with his family, visits with his grandchildren, Sunday barbecues with family at city parks, along with gardening and had a love for a cat named Cry Baby. He had a hobby collecting copper, aluminum and anything else that would sell.

Nick loved to joke around and would put a smile on your face. He would help anyone in need and had a big heart. He was a calm, peaceful, quiet, loving man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Nick's family would like to sincerely thank the Veterans Home for their outstanding care received by staff, doctors, physical therapists, and the residents who befriended him. Also, gratitude to the Bristol Hospice team caregivers during his last days. A special thanks to the the VA home residents for the Taps Ceremony send-off which was a touching and emotional experience. Our deepest gratitude to all the Veterans for their services.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Joe Delka on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at St. Therese Catholic Church located at 624 W. Lennox St., Midvale, Utah, commencing with the Viewing at 10 a.m., Rosary at 10:30 a.m., Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow after Mass at Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park, located at 17111 South Camp Williams Road (Redwood Road), Bluffdale, Utah  84065.

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