Elias Macias-Jaquéz‚ 49‚ was very strong and a hard worker. He grew up in Cuauhtémoc‚ Chihuahua‚ Mexico. Then he migrated around the United States until he met our mother‚ Josephine‚ in a little town called Cimarron‚ New Mexico. They lived there for a few years‚ then decided to move to Texas where he raised his four daughters. He lived in Cactus‚ Texas‚ for 23 years and worked at JBS Swift & Co. for 23 years as well. Elias did a lot of hard work‚ including even helping out on a farm for just about his whole life.
He enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter for two years for the Cactus Fire Department. He enjoyed being able to help anyone in need. We remember back in 2011‚ about a week before his accident‚ he was very proud of himself because they had a call for a fire out in the country‚ and he was able to help an elderly man save his barn.
Elias was a very loving person‚ especially when it came to animals. He enjoyed feeding the cattle‚ the horses‚ the pigs‚ anything that came across the farm.
One thing he sure did enjoy besides working was being with his family. He was able to spend time not only with his wife and four girls‚ but also with his three grandchildren. He never was able to experience having a son‚ but he did get to have two grandsons that he loved very much and showed them as much as he could. Even though they were too little to learn‚ he would still do so. He spoiled his grandchildren like there was no tomorrow.
All we have left is the wonderful memories he shared with us. He is a grand hero not only to his family‚ but to his community where everyone knew him.