Arturo "Art" Vasquez, age 50, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 at his home in Pasadena, Texas, where he resided for the past 25 years. He was born June 19, 1963 in Jacksonville, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marissa, son Kevin, daughter Katelyn, parents Arturo and Brenda McKinney Vasquez, brothers Andy, Sam, David, Paul and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated from Orange High School in Orange, Calif. And received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from California State University, Fullerton. Following graduation, he was employed by NASA in Houston, Texas. Art had a long and distinguished career in the advancement of renewable energy and spacecraft power generation. He was awarded patents and NASA recognition for his innovations in the management of reactants in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. These innovations are contributing to the advancement of power systems for NASA's human spacecraft. His innovations are also being used by the U.S. Navy, enabling the development of unmanned undersea vehicles for national defense. His innovations and his years of core support to the Johnson Space Center Sustainability Team have advanced renewable energy technology for Houston and the nation. Art was an Assistant Den Leader to his son's Cub Scout Troop 514 for six years. He also was very involved as a registered adult member with his daughter's Deer Park Girl Scout Troop 1397 for 13 years. He was a long time parishioner at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Deer Park, Texas and served as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister. Art loved his wife, children, parents and family and his memory will always be treasured by those who know and love him. A Catholic vigil service, Aug. 11 and a memorial mass, Aug. 12 were celebrated in Pasadena, Texas. Private graveside service and inurnment at Mountain View Cemetery will follow the 10 o'clock mass on Aug. 30 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Deming, N.M. Father Ron Machado officiating.
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Published in Deming Headlight on Aug. 28, 2013