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Roberto “Bobby” Arrieta died on July 20, 2019 in Mesa, Az at the age of 69.
He is survived by his children, Wesley O’Day, David Arrieta, Elaine Arrieta Bohn, Roberto Abel Arrieta; his grandchildren, Wesley Starks, Adrianna Arrieta, Anais Arrieta, Aaron Arrieta, Kai Bohn, and Elise Bohn; brothers, Jose Arrieta, David Arrieta, Ernie Arrieta, and Rene Arrieta. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Socorro Arrieta and his brothers, Daniel Arrieta and Saul Arrieta.
Bobby was born on January 7, 1950 in Fabens, Texas to Jose and Socorro Arrieta. He moved to Arizona as a teenager and graduated from Westwood High School. He enlisted in The United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, where he served in Okinawa, Japan and became a celebrated boxer. He married Martha Lizarraga, with whom he had three children (David, Elaine and Abel). He worked for Mountain Bell (now Century Link) as a central office technician for most of his career. He provided a good life for his family as his children grew.
He was especially skilled in math, logic, and crossword puzzles. He loved camping, softball, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was generous- except with his soda, witty- all the time, and loved a worthy opponent in all games from cards to horseshoes.
A memorial service is scheduled for August 3, 2019 10:00 a.m., at Mountain View Mortuary (7900 E. Main St. Mesa 85207), with a reception to follow at Superstition Springs Golf Club (6542 E Baseline Rd. Mesa 85206). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Semper Fi Fund or US War Dog Association.
The family would like to thank his hospice nurses for their compassionate care, his caregivers who took a special liking to his spicy attitude and went above and beyond for him, and especially to friends and family who kept him smiling and laughing throughout these hard times.