Serafin Telles, Jr. passed away, with family and loved ones by his side, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, due to medical complications. He was 74 years old.

Serafin was known as “Junior” by his family and those that grew up with him, “dad” by his sons Randy and Michael, “TOP” by the hundreds of Green Berets that he had the privilege to lead, and “First Sergeant TAS, United States Special Forces Green Beret”, by the country he had the privilege to serve.

Serafin (Serf) Telles was born in El Paso, Texas, to Serafin Ogas Telles, Sr. and Alicia Morales Telles. He was the oldest of five children and survived by his sisters Mary Helen Llanez (and Richard) of Anthony, New Mexico and Ginger Valles (and Bob) of Ridgecrest California, along with his two brothers Ricardo Telles (and Reyna) of San Diego and Edward Telles of Ridgecrest California, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Serf is survived by his former wife, Joan Cloud (Telles), girlfriend Debbie Hartley, as well as his sons Randall Telles (and Lana),  and Michael Telles-Cloud (and Roz), his six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

Serafin lived a full life. He excelled in school; being both an excellent student, the president of his sophomore and senior class, and a star fullback on the Gadsen High School Panthers football team. He is remembered for bringing his team to victory at the New Mexico state championships during his sophomore and senior years. After graduation, Serf chose to go into the Army and quickly was recognized by leadership as a candidate for the elite Green Berets. Serf served three tours in Vietnam, his last trip being in 1974, looking for POW/MIA. While he was in Vietnam, Serf was part of the “II Core Mike Force,” an elite “force multiplier unit.” While in Vietnam, Serafin was awarded 4 Bronze Stars with the “V” Device for Valor, along with several other citations. 

Serafin had a strong love for family, long-standing friendships (both in the communities he lived and grew up in, as well as in the military), New Mexico traditions, old cars, and of course, his beloved dogs. He will be deeply missed by the multitude of lives he has touched. A memorial service honoring Serf will be held in Ridgecrest, California at St. Ann Catholic Church (446 W Church Avenue), on July 7, 2018, at 10:00 am.