Fernando Quiroz Herrera

  • Born: December 28, 1947
  • Died: January 10, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

plm-sa@porterloring.com
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family


Fernando Quiroz Herrera, age 72, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on December 28, 1947, in San Antonio to parents, Jessie C. Herrera and Isabel Quiroz. Fernando graduated from West Anchorage High School in Alaska. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, during the Vietnam War, where he served as a radio telephone operator and APC track commander. Attributable to his heroic actions in Vietnam, Sgt. Herrera was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star, which are two of the top three military awards, preceded only by the Medal of Honor. Additional military decorations were four Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, and several other medals honoring him as San Antonio's most decorated Vietnam Army Veteran. In his earlier years, Fernando was self-employed as a welder, designing window guards and patio furniture. In 1984, he traveled to Washington D.C. where he was awarded a U.S. Patent for one of his patio furniture designs. In 1986, Former Mayor Lila Cockrell and Henry Cisneros dedicated Herrera Park in honor of his several military accolades. Fernando earned his Associates Degree in Kinesiology at St. Philip's College. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and talented musician playing the saxophone and keyboard. He often volunteered his time playing the keyboard at various retirement homes and VFW's around town and was a member of the Legion of Valor, San Antonio chapter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie C. and Isabel Q. Herrera; and sister, Linda Rodriguez. Fernando is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lillian J. Herrera; four daughters: Michelle De La Cruz and husband Carlos, Nicole Salazar and husband Tomas, Lorraine Herrera, and Sandra Herrera; four grandchildren, Fernando, Victoria, Joaquin, and Tommy Joe; his brother, Jesse Herrera and sister-in-law Marylou; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will accept friends on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Porter Loring.

ROSARY
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
6:00 PM
PORTER LORING CHAPEL

MASS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
9:00 AM
ST. GERARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
1523 IOWA STREET

Internment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd