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Arthur B. Aragón

March 3rd, 1929 - May 27th, 2016

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Arthur Benito Aragón, 87, opened the door to his eternal home on May 27, 2016. He was born on March 3, 1929 in Las Vegas, NM - one of 14 children born to Candelario and Epifania Aragón. Art was a lifelong educator and coach in the Santa Fe area who made a difference in the lives of many young children, but the role he cherished most was Husband, Father, and Grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Vincente, Napoleon, Rubel, Benny, Nestor, and Mike; sisters Carmen Ulibarri, Molly Vigil, Pauline Lamb, Henrietta Esquibel, Angelina (Nannie) Vigil, and Maria Isabel (Bella) Aragón; Father and Mother In-law, Juan Jose and Dora Vigil.

Art is survived by his beloved “wifey” of 61 years, Socorro Vigil Aragón; daughters Carla Aragón - husband Allen Lewis, Michelle Marmion - husband Danny, Dora Aragón Anaya, Contessa Serna - husband Steve, and Camille Aragón; Grandchildren Justin Marmion - wife Julianne, Brittany Marmion, Miranda Anaya Romero - husband John, Art Anaya, Estevan, Marisol and Antonio Serna, Jordan, Alayna and Olivia Montoya; Great Granddaughter Jameson Marmion; Goddaughter Socorro Ojeda and her Mother Zulema, son Carlos Contreras and Grandson JJ Contreras. He is also survived by his only remaining sister Mary Quintana of Denver CO, sisters and brothers-in-law, countless nieces, nephews, and honorary children and grandchildren.

Arthur attended Hardin Simmons University on a basketball scholarship prior to serving the US Army during the Korean War. After leaving the service, he attended NM Highlands University where he earned his BA and MA degrees and met his wife, Socorro. He taught and coached Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Track at various times during his employment at Stanley High School, Pojoaque High School, & De Vargas Junior High. He was principal at Manderfield and Kearny Elementary School in Santa Fe until he retired in 1990.
Arthur was active in the community in recreation programs, teaching dozens of people to swim and play tennis. He loved and excelled in several sports (even Senior Olympics) and nurtured hundreds of young athletes, especially his grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and served in the Caballeros De Vargas. Art was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and grilling a good steak or making jerky. He was a hardworking craftsman who could build anything, including his own house and the furniture and art in it. Art was an excellent dancer and women in the family would jockey for a chance to dance with him. Arthur’s priorities in life were God and family. He was proud of the Aragón family name and did extensive genealogical research, and lovingly embraced his wife’s family as his own.

Pallbearers include Grandsons- Justin, Art, Estevan, Carlos; Nephews - Steve Aragón, Ronnie Fernandez, Pat Gonzales, John J Vigil III. Honorary Pallbearers are Grandson, Antonio; Sons-in-law Danny Marmion, Steve Serna, Allen Lewis; Nephew - David Aragón; Dear friends Gene Fulgenzi, Art Garcia, Randy Montoya.

Viewing at 6:00 p.m., Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at Cristo Rey Church. On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Words of Remembrance will begin at 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis celebrated by Msgr. Jerome Martinez y Alire, co-celebrated by Fr. Frank Pretto and Fr. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz. Burial services with Military Honors and committal by Fr. George Salazar will then take place at 2:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

A heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and caring healthcare workers (many Art’s former students) who helped his family walk him home, especially those from the SF VA Clinic and Ambercare Hospice; much gratitude to Fr. Paul Meaden for the sacrament of last rites. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carmelite Sisters of Santa Fe, 49 Mt. Carmel Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505.

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Name Arthur B. Aragón
Date of Birth March 3rd, 1929
Date of Death May 27th, 2016
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Cemetery Rivera Family Funeral Home
Location 417 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe NM 87505
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Mark Remington published condolence .

Please accept my most sincere sympathy at your loss. Art was always a tremendous enfluence on me and my wife Jeannette. Jeannette loved Art way above all the principles she served under at Kearny. Her enthusiasm about Art, along with his guidance, not only enfluence Jeannette but me as well. He wiil surely be missed. May God bless you during this time but know that Art is surrounded by those who loved him and have passed on before, and he is wrapped in the wings of Angels. God Bless you.

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Eva Alaniz published condolence .

My very deepest condolences to the family. May God comfort you.

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Frank And Trinney Barela published condolence .

Our sincere condolences to all the Aragon family. May Our dear Lord wrap his arms around you and carry you thru this very difficult sad time, Carla my friend, we are so very sorry for your loss.Rejoice in knowing your Daddy is at peace and will be looking after you from Heaven. God Bless you all!!

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Melissa Moya published condolence .

Prayers and love sent to the Aragon family in this difficult time. God grant you comfort in knowing Arthur is resting with our Lord in heaven. Love, Brian & Melissa Moya

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Art Salalzar published condolence .

To Soccoro and family, praying that the Lord Jesus comfort you through His Holy Spirit. Cousin love you.

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Cathy Salvo Wren & Family published condolence .

To Michelle, Carla, and all of the Aragon Family, My deepest sympathy and blessings to all of you during this painful time. Your dad is honored in both life and death.

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Randal Lucero published condolence .

My deepest condolences to the Aragon family, your in my thoughts and prayers.

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Fran Whelan published condolence .

Dearest, Carla, Deepest condolences to you and your family. May your father watch over you all from Heaven. After all, he was a principal! Much love, Fran

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Pamela Lujan Y Vigil published condolence .

Our deepest condolences, God bless you all with strength to get through this difficult time. Mr. Aragon was the Principal at Kearny Elementary when I attended elementary school. He was a wonderful, caring human being. May he rest in peace in the arms of our precious Jesus. ^j^

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Norman E. Montoya published condolence .

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Mike Baca And Family published condolence .

May God bless the Aragon family in this difficult time! Mr. Aragon touched many life's here in Santa Fe and was an amazing contributer to our community. I'm grateful to have know him. <3

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Donald J. Duran published condolence .

My condolences to the Aragon family. El Capitañ was a good man. The kids and I will miss him.

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