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a.k.a. "Dodie" as his family knew him - journalist, poet and arts activist passed away on Saturday November 9th, 2013, of stroke complications. Born in Los Angeles on April 5th, 1951, Ruben's family moved to Phoenix during his teenage years. He was well known throughout the state for his passionate advocacy for Latino and Native American arts and culture. Ruben attended ASU School of Journalism and was a reporter for many periodicals such as the Phoenix New Times, The Arizona Republic, the Tucson Citizen, The Phoenix Business Journal, Latino Perspective Magazine and ArizonaLatinos.com. He worked at many social service agencies such as Valle del Sol and Chicanos por La Causa throughout his professional career. Ruben was a dedicated supporter and founding board member of several important valley arts organizations including MARS (Movimiento del Rio Salado), Ariztlán, the Cultural Coalition and ALAC. Ruben was a proud member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and was committed to positive social change through the arts and education. A visionary, Ruben was instrumental in mentoring many young journalists and artists in our state. He is survived by his loving partner Linda J Moser, sons Damian (Joey) and Marco (Rachel), his four grandchildren: Dalylah, Caleb, Carmela and Garrett, as well as his sisters Alice (Tony), Barbara, Patsy and Nora and brother Tom (Casey). He will be missed by all, especially by his large extended family of nephews, nieces and cousins, as well as many in the community which he so well served. Ruben's services, which are open to the public, will be conducted on November 27 at 11:00AM. Location: Self Realization Fellowship, 6111 N. Central Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85012 (480-213-3113) Followed by a reception and pot luck at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020, Palacio Ballroom.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 17, 2013