Cisco served in the United States Army as a door gunner of the 4th Air. Cav. in 1972. He flew as a gunner on one of two helicopters known as "Hunter killers" where as one flew low with lights on and trying to be visible and draw fire, the other flew higher and to the rear and rained fire and rockets on anyone who fired at the other. Cisco always carried extra ammo, guns and other supplies just in case they were shot down or someone might need them. During a regular mission the team received a radio call from a group of men on the ground nearby who were under heavy fire, running low on ammo and were outnumbered and in dire need of help. The team leader radioed for "fast movers" and more gunships and choppers for extraction of the people below as they took on the challenge of keeping the enemy at bay. Seeing a spot open for a quick drop-off Cisco asked to be dropped with his supplies and his leader knowing that help was on the way but they needed help now dropped Cisco and his bag of supplies and resumed to hammer the enemy along with the other part of the team. With more ammo, and much needed supplies and one more warrior, the enemy was held off. Help arrived and all were saved. For that he earned the Air Medal along with the usual medals earned in doing the job that they all did. The Air Medal isn't given out for just flying around. He earned it and anyone who has one had to have earned it too. He went beyond his job and saved lives.
Upon returning home he bought his Panhead Motorcycle and went for a ride. He lived in California, Washington and moved to Montana in 2000. He was often seen in Thompson Falls winter parade as "Santana Clause" on his newer bike with elk horns strapped to his handlebars and beard flowing in the wind. When Heritage Days started in Thompson Falls he headed the "dark fork river gang of outlaws and did skits of gunfights. Later he did the same in Hot Springs, Plains, Trout Creek, Murray, Idaho and others places. An avid outdoorsman he loved to ride and also snowmobile and was good at both.
He was preceded in his passing by his father, Eugene Contreras; his mother, Margaret Martinez Contreras; and brothers, Robert and Joseph.
He is survived by sisters, Madalyn Contreras and Delores Argott; sons, Johnny Contreras, Michael Ray Contreras, Eugene Junior III or "E.J. Contreras" and daughter, Sunset Contreras Barahona all of California.
Cisco met his wife Laura in November of 1981 and as of his passing was with her for 31 years. Laura gave birth to their daughter "Freedom Rose" prior to marriage in August of 1990. Upon moving to Montana his daughter blessed him with three grandchildren; grandsons Anthony and Marcus, and granddaughter Marina.
His son Johnny gave him grandson, Johnny Lozano, and granddaughter, Sandy Baytista, along with a great-granddaughter Ariana. Josie gave him great-grandson, Eden Lozano. His son Micheal Ray gave him grandsons Gabriel Martinez, Micheal Jr., and Julian Contreras along with granddaughters Ariana and Faith Contreras. Son Eugene Jr. gave him one grandson, Matthew Bonczek and great-grandson Daniel Bonczek. He had eleven nieces and nephews and a family of friends in the thousands. He will never be forgotten and forever loved by those and many more.