December 9, 1928 - June 8, 2017
Arturo Arenas left this Earth to join our Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Keller, Texas. He was 88 years old. Arturo was born December 9, 1928 in Los Angeles, California to Matilde and Eloisa Arenas.
Arturo was a hard worker and a man of many talents. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 after graduating high school and was honorably discharged after serving his term. He then began working for the Civil Service at Holloman Airforce Base as a firefighter, he also co-owned a bar in Alamogordo with his Brother Viviano “Birdie” Arenas when he retired. However, those who know Arturo knew he would not be retired for long and so Arturo Arenas also worked at the Alamogordo Sheriff’s Department as a jailer.
He married his wife Luz Arenas in 1957, and they raised 11 children. After retiring from the Sheriff’s department in 1984 he moved with his wife Luz and the remaining children in the home to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico where he owned Arenas Appliances and worked for Bank of The Southwest as a Branch Manager.
He loved camping and looking for gold in the mountains. He was a talented self-taught musician, and played numerous instruments, but the saxophone was his favorite. He had an eternal love for his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his Parents Matilde and Eloisa Arenas, Brother Viviano Arenas, Sister Clara Ramirez, his sons Matilde Arenas and Andrew Arenas.
He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Luz G. Arenas of the family home in Alamogordo, NM. His children in order of their birth, Arturo “Benny” Arenas, wife Patsy of Alamogordo, NM, Mary Lou Sarracino, husband Manuel of Grants, NM, Jaime Arenas, wife Olivia of Alamogordo, NM, Rene Arenas, wife Irma of Irving, TX, daughter Eloisa Padilla, of Las Cruces, NM, Andrew “Andy” Arenas (deceased) and wife Tina of Richardson, TX, Denise Hartigan and husband Mark of Keller, TX, Frederick “Freddy” Arenas of Claremore, OK, Cathy Arenas-Ely and husband Ryan of Krum, TX and sister Joaquina Arenas of Keller, TX. He shares 28 Grandchildren, 35 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great Great Grandchildren and they all called him various names such as Gramp, Grandpa, Grandpa Turo, Tata, Papa and Papa G. He loved his grandkids to no end and we loved him just the same.
Serving as Pallbearers are his Grandsons: Don Paul Ramirez, Arturo “Archie” Arenas, Jacob Arenas, Isaac Arenas, Rene Lincoln Arenas, Jaime Daniel Arenas, Ryan Padilla, Adrian Padilla, Ethyn Andrew Arenas, Frederick Arenas, Connor Joseph “CJ” Hartigan, Dillon Arenas & Andrew Arturo Arenas.
Honorary Pallbearers are his Compadres: Alfredo Morales, Johnny Gutierrez, Jorge DeVara, Ramon Duran (Deceased), Johnny Trujillo, Frutoso Marrujo, and Fidel Valdez (Deceased).
Services for Arturo Arenas will be as follows: Vigil Service and Rosary will be Tuesday June 13, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 705 Delaware Ave, Alamogordo, NM from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. being led by his niece Erlinda Villabisencio. The Mass for Christian Burial Services will be held at the same location and will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 14, 2017; with burial to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery immediately after. After burial, the family wishes for everyone to gather to celebrate Arturo’s life and legacy at St. Jude Parish Hall at 1404 College Ave. Alamogordo, NM.
The Family has entrusted Hamilton-O Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo, New Mexico with their loved one.
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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061