Of Eduardo Moran Dosta

Sinaloa, Guadaljara, Cuernavaca, Mexico


Eduardo Moran Dosta, a frequent contributor to this website, has shared his Moran family story with us. Just one side point before we begin. It is the custom in many Hispanic cultures for families to carry both parents last names in their formal name. Their Father's family name comes after the name of the individual plus any middle name and any other names such as a Confirmation name. The last name is the Mother's family name. Thus, in the case of Eduardo Moran Dosta - his father was a Moran and his Mother a Dosta. This story will focus on the Moran side.

Eduardo remembers his Great Grandfather, Manuel Moran, as a tall and slender man with grey eyes and ruddy skin. He was born on February 20, 1873 in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Sinaloa is located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of California across from Baja California Sur as well as the Pacific Ocean proper. Fishing was and is still an important industry in Sinaloa. The Mexican State of Sonora is on the North and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Durango are on the West with the State of Nayarit on its southern border. Americans are familiar with at least two towns in Sinaloa: the resort town of Mazatlan and perhaps, with the Capitol city of Culiacan.

< Map of Mexico showing location of the State of Sinaloa

Manuel Moran had a ranch in the Badiraguato Mountains of Sinaloa which was called Huicharavito. It was the ranch where his mother, Emiliana Moran was born in 1847. Like him she was tall and slender. Emiliana Moran had eyes with mixed colors so that they appeared to be grey, green or blue depending on the clothes she wore. Emeliana Moran is pictured to the right. Emiliana had a brother Paulino Moran and a sister, also named Emiliana. She was called Emilianita Moran. Paulino lived to be 105. He was still active. He died trying to cut down a tree. Emilianita Moran lived to be more than ninety years old.

Manuel Moran was born on the Huicharavito Ranch in Badiraguato on February 20 in 1873. Today, the area of the Badiraguato Mountains is tied to the narco traffic and history, but the story of Manuel Moran pre-dates any of this.The drug activity started in the 1950's.

Below is a map showing the principal municpalities of Sinaloa













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Mauel Moran married Luz Zazueta who was from the outskirts of the city of Sinaloa in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sinaloa. She was born July 19, 1885 in the old district of Sataya-Sinaloa, the daughter of Nicolas Zazueta and Rosario Sanz Zazueta. Manuel And Luz Moran were married in The Cathedral of Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Church in Culiacan on May 7, 1903.

Manuel Moran worked with his hands as a musician and a rancher. He played the accordian. He dug a well and constructed a bridge on the ranch. In his youth he knew Alvaro Obregon. Obregon was born in Navojoa, Sonora, but he lived in Sinaloa when he was eighteen to twenty-three years old.Alvaro Obregon visited Sinaloa very often during and after the Mexican Revolution as a General and later still as President of Mexico. He also knew Heraclio Bernal a Robin Hood type character who was a bandit living in the Sinaloa mountains robbing the government and giving some of it to the poor.In Sinaloa he was known as the "Ray of Sinaloa". Manuel once rode his horse.



Taking advantage of the railroad building that was going through Sinaloa in the late nineteenth century, Manuel Moran joined the project as a crew member. He rose through the ranks to be a man of some influence. Enough so that he was in a conversation with the then Governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Canedo.

< Franciso Canedo is credited with modernizing the economy of Sinaloa by putting in place technological advances that allowed the economy to grow. Manuel Moran was one of his agents in making this change.

That conversation was about stringing the first telephone lines through Sinaloa. Governor Caneda felt it would require a foreign crew to put together what would be necessary to accomplish this. He felt Sinaloa had never faced anything of this magnitude and could not do it with local resources. Manuel Moran reminded him that Sinolans had taken the railroad through the mountains and deserts and beaches of Sinola, they or the next generation of men like them could bring the telephone to Sinaloa. He then boldly asked for the job of getting it done. Manuel Moran was awarded the concession to provide telephony to Sinola. This was done through a company, known as Erricson of Mexico. Manuel Moran became the owner and director of the company in Sinaloa which was called Bolsa Central Telefonica (Central Telephone Exchange). Thus Manuel Moran was the telephone pioneer for Sinaloa, Mexico. Below is the company letterhead in 1920.








Manuel Moran, fourth from the left beside the Governor of Sinaloa, Franciso Canedo, as we look at the picture, along with several military men and administrative aides

Governor Canedo, perhaps for a job well done, vested on Manuel Moran the full power to control the island of St. Ignatius, Isla San Ignacio, off the coast of Sinaloa. Manuel Moran had 1500 head of cattle there. Before the Mexican Revolution, Manuel Moran was at the height of his success. He had the Huicharavito Ranch, the use of the Island of St. Ignatius, and more than thirty properties in Culiacan. While a man of means Manuel Moran remembered his humble origins and was generous with public and private gifts. One example of which was his regularly giving of distilled water to the leper hospital known as the Virgen del Carmen in Culiacan.

Manuel Moran is noted for another yet small fact, he brought the first automobile to the mountains of Badiraguato when he drove his car in 1923 to his ranch. There are many anecdotes told of Manuel Moran in the mountains and in the history of Sinaloa.

Eduardo Moran's grandfather, Manuel Moran, Jr. was born February 9, 1904. There were two other brothers, Jose and Francisco Moran; but they both died early.

As a child, Maunuel Moran, Jr. was shining shoes in the central square of Culiacan, when a customer came up to him and while Manuel, Jr. was shining his boots the man asked Manuel Jr. if his name was not Morancito ( a familiar term meaning little Moran)? He went on to say "where is your father Senor Don Manuel Moran while your are in the central square of Culiacan polishing the boots of General Alvaro Obregon?"

. ... Manuel Moran Sr. family in 1919








< Manuel Moran, Jr in 1919







Manuel Moran, Jr. attended a military school in Los Angeles California called Westlake Military School, in the area of Mount Washington. Manuel Moran, Jr. played for the school football team.

< Manuel Moran, Jr. on the right with a fellow team mate

He had a facility for languages and learned to speak, English, Japanese and the language of the Yaqui Indian tribe. He was accepted by the tribe. After graduation from high school, Manuel Jr. stayed in Los Angeles attending college studying to be an engineer. He had an American girlfriend. But then a visit to the central library in Culican during a summer holiday changed all that.

< Guadalupe, "Pita", Tabison

In the library that day was a young woman with clear green eyes, who upon seeing Manuel Jr., decided that he was to be her mate. Her name was Guadalupe but she went by "Pita". "Pita" was born in Culiacan December 12, 1909. She and Manuel Jr. began a relationship that was to end in marriage. But this marriage would not be an easy one to arrange. First the country (government) was in the hands of an anti-clerical regime that was not allowing religious ceremonies and had closed the churches and second, the Moran family was opposed to the marriage in that it was taking Manuel Moran, Jr. away from his planned engineering career and the more acceptable American girlfriend who was more Manuel's age. Pita's family also opposed the marriage. Pita was sixteen years old, while Manuel was twenty-one. The two were married September 8, 1927, without the permisssion of either parents, in a closed door ceremony with only a few close friends and family present. Very few family on the Moran side - because only Lazaro U. Moran, first cousin of Manuel Moran, Sr., attended representing the Morans. Lazaro was the son of Emilianita Moran.

.....................................Lazaro Moran >

Manuel Moran, Jr. became a sailor and a fisherman. He owned, operated and was Captain of three shrimp trawlers. He was among the founders of the first Fishing Cooperative in the fishing port of Topolobampo, Sinaloa .

Map on the right showing the importance of Topolobampo in the food chain to Texas and beyond >

< Manuel Moran, Jr. as a young man















Manuel Moran and wife Guadlupe in 1929

Manuel Moran, Jr, with his wife Guadalupe and son Sergio in Guadalajara, 1930

In the picture above, Guadalupe is dressed in mourning as she had just buried her son Manuel who died of pnuemonia and was caring for a sick Sergio. They had driven to the hospital in Guadalajara to try and help the boys who were both very sick.

Manuel Moran, Jr. participated in a fishing exchange with Japan and for his efforts in that area was decorated by Emperor Hirohito in 1936.






























< Picture of the Mexican group that went to Japan in 1936 on the fishing exchange project. Manuel Moran, Jr. is kneeling on the lower right in the dark suit.



Hilda Anderson Nevarez on the campaign trail in Culiacan, Sinaloa in 1975 with her hand around Eduardo and with Eduardo's father, Carlos Moran, on the right and his mother, Maria Luisa Dosta on the left.

There is a story told by the family of Manuel Moran Jr.'s character. It came many years after his death. At a time when Eduardo Moran's Aunt Hilda was running for President of the Mexican Senate. His Aunt Hilda was a niece of Maria Antonieta Moran who was the daughter of Felipe Moran, Manuel Moran's younger brother and there was also a family connection through the Zazueta family of his great grandmother. Hilda Anderson Nevarez was active in union organizations and had increased leadership roles in union management. She was able to be elected as a Senator from Sinaloa to the Republic of Mexico. She came to the Moran home during her campaign. She brought with her, Mexican President Luis Echeverria. While in a room talking with Eduardo and his Uncle Sergio, Escheverria made a gesture when he saw a picture of Manuel Moran, Jr. Sergio asked him if he knew his father, Manuel Moran, Jr. His question was met with silence.



< "The Picture of Manuel Moran taken in 1954 and hanging in the Moran family home" that stopped the President of Mexico in his tracks in 1975.

It turns out that Manuel Moran, Jr. who was on official business with the governement doing work in Tuxpan and Vera Cruz was asked to act as a representative of the Mexican government to pick up some fishing boats from Florida to bring back to Sinaloa. Escheverria, an administrator in the naval section of the government, at the time, was in a position to intercept the funds that were set aside for the purchase of the boats and their delivery. Manuel Moran, Jr., knowing fisherman's livelihoods were dependent on those boats and a man of character, would not acquiesce to Escheverria's interference and reported the incident on up the chain of command. The boats were picked up and delivered, the bills paid and apparently, Escheverria suffered a loss of face or worse over the incident.


Manuel Moran, Jr. and Guadalupe had four children:

Manuel de Jesus Moran born in September of 1928

Sergio Moran born May 17, 1930

Blanca Luz Armida Moran born March 30, 1933

Carlos Moran born November 19, 1936

The Moran family in 1934 of Manuel Moran Jr., his wife, Guadalupe, son, Sergio, and daughter, Blanca Luz Armida Moran

Manuel Moran, Jr. travelled a lot either on business for the government, the fisherman or at sea fishing. He was travelling even more and away from home a lot after Carlos was born. He felt he needed to send Carlos to a good school as he was not there enough to provide the many lessons that needed to be taught his son. Carlos Moran attended Cervantes High School in 1950 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The school was picked as it was known as one of the better schools in Mexico.

Carlos played for the school baseball team and is pictured to the left.

Carlos Moran, son of Manuel Jr., married Maria Luisa Dosta in Guadalajara in 1958. Maria Luisa was born in Mexico City on August 25, 1938. Her family was originally from Hildalgo, Mexico.



Carlos and Maria Luisa Moran shortly after they were married in Guadalajara in 1958 >







Carlos studied and became an accountant. Futhering his education he went to law school in Mexico City. He did not like the crowded situation in Mexico City and finished his law courses at the noteable law school at Cuernavaca University in Morelos before undertaking a career in labor law for the State of Sinaloa.

................................................Carlos Moran in 1963 >

Carlos and Maria Luisa Moran had eleven children:

Two twins died as infants:

Maunuel Moran was born September 1, 1959. He is married and has the following children

.........Carlos Manuel Moran

.........Uriel Moran

.........Guadalupe Moran

Luz Maria Moran was born on 28 October, 1960. She married and has three daughters:



.........Maria Jose

Elizabeth Moran was born December 27, 1961. She is married with one child:

.........Jorje Alberto

Carlos Moran was born May 15, 1963. He is married

Marisa Moran was born August 4, 1964. She is married with one son:


Sergio Moran born September 23, 1965. He died in an accident in 1975.

Eduardo Moran November 22, 1968. He is not married.

Fernando Moran September 16, 1973. He is not married

Luis Moran born April 5, 1977. He is married.

Today -

Manuel Moran Dosta is a "Swim Professor" in Culiacán, Sinaloa.

Carlos Moran Dosta: has a degree in Psychology and is currently academic advisor of the Institute of Higher Studies in Monterrey and the Security Coordinator in the State of Sinaloa.

Eduardo Moran Dosta, the regular contributor to this website, is a genealogist by hobby otherwise in real estate in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Fernando Moran Dosta is an instructor in the dynamics of human and personal development in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

Luis Moran Dosta is in real estate in Tucson, Arizona. ......................................

.The Moran Dosta Family in 1974: Manuel, Sergio, Mother Maria Luisa, Marisa, Elizabeth, Carlos, Luz Maria and in front is Eduardo and Fernando.


Maria, Elizabeth and Marisa work in their homes and provide for their families.










< Fernando and Eduardo Moran


Eduardo Moran's business card reflecting his pride in the name MORAN

Eduardo feels his Moran family probably came to Asturias, Spain from Ireland either through early trading or the family relocating due to the English invasion (1169). He does not know how his family got to Mexico, but it is most probably when Mexico was Nueva Espana and being settled. It is known there was a Juan Moran with Don Juan Onate's expedition from Northern Mexico (Chihuahua) into New Mexico and Texas in 1598. This Juan Moran was the son of Juan Moran and both were from Mora de Toro in Old Castile, Spain. Old Castile (no longer a territory in Spain)is directly south of Asturias, Spain. For an understanding of where Old Castile was go to this link >


Eduardo Moran Dosta

"El teléfono" Escrito por Enrique Cárdenas de la Peña, Mexico. Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes -1987-
The phone Written by Enrique Cárdenas de la Peña, Mexico. Ministry of Communications and Transport. -1987-
18 encounters with the story written by José María Díaz Figueroa, Gilberto Lopez Alanis -
Published by the State Government of Sinaloa, 2003. in this Book


The song playing on this page, for those of you who can hear it, is La Barca de Guaymas/The Boat To Guaymas. It is sung in Spanish by Linda Rondstadt as arranged by Ruben Fuentes. It was written around 1916 in Cosala, Sinaloa. The musicologist Adrian Trevino thinks that this song was a salon piece, possibly a valse asentado (slow waltz). Its salon origins are suggested by the unusual poetic structure and expression; each thought is in three parts of six syllables each. It was the favorite song of Manuel Moran, Jr. and no doubt bespeaks to his many lonely hours seperated from family as a fisherman, as the fishermen's representative and as a government representative sent far from home. It is a very plaintive song to which many lonely people who have taken the 10-11 hour ferry from Santa Rosalias on Baja across the Sea of Cortez and back to the Mexican mainland port of Guaymas can relate or for that matter returning from any port that one left in higher spirits than when they returned. This is not so much because of its exact words (bringing death in your soul), but because of its mood and sadness.

The lyrics are offered below in Spanish and then English.

La Barca de Guaymas

Al golpe del remo se agitan las olas
Ligera la barca
Al ruido del agua se ahonda mi pena
Solloza mi alma.
Por tantos pesares, mi amor angustiado
Llorando te llama

Y te hallas muy lejos... y sola,
muy sola
Se encuentra mi alma.

Cansado viajero que tornas al puerto
De tierras lejanas
Que extrano piloto condujo tu barca
Sin vela y sin ancla
De que region vienes, que has hecho
Tus velas tan blancas.
Y fuiste cantando
Y vuelves trayendo, la muerte en el alma

Yo soy el marino
Que alegre de Guaymas, salio una manana
Llevando en mi barca como ave piloto
Mi dulce esperanza.
Por mares ignotos
Mis santos anhelos hundio la borrasca
Por eso estan rotas mis penas
Y traigo la muerte en el alma.
Te fuiste cantando
Y hoy vuelves trayendo
La muerte en el alma.












Ferry Routes from Baja Sur to Mexico mainland >







The Boat from Guaymas

At the stroke of the oar the waves
are agitated
Light is the boat
At the noise of the water my sorrow
gets deeper
And my soul is sobbing.

Because of so many troubles
My anguished love cries out to you
You are very far away
And my soul finds itself alone,
all alone.

Tired traveler who returns to the port
From faraway lands
What strange pilot sailed your boat
Without a sail, without an anchor
From where do you come, that you have
torn to pieces
Your sails so white.
You left singing
And today you return, bringing death
in your soul.

I am the sailor who happily from Guaymas
Left one morning
Carrying in my boat, like a guiding bird,
My sweet hope
Through unknown seas
The storm overwhelmed my sacred
That's why my efforts are broken
And I bring death in the soul.

You left singing
And today you return
Bringing death in your soul.


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