Arturo M. Alvarado (1930 - 2012)

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On March 18, 1930, Arturo M. Alvarado entered this world and on September 9th, 2012, the loving husband, father, son and brother joined the Lord in his blissful retreat. Arturo was born in Thermal, California and was raised in Mountain View, California by his devoted parents, Rafael Alvarado and Frances Mendoza Alvarado, whom he met early Sunday morning at the gateway to heaven. Alongside growing up were his affectionate brothers and sisters. He has two deceased brothers, Matilde Alvarado and George Alvarado, and one brother he leaves behind, Ralph Alvarado (Carmen), Visalia. His departed sisters Esperanza Escobar, Jennie Ortega, Rachel Martinez, and his ongoing sisters Antonia Gurash (Anthony), Campbell; Margie Leglu, Modesto; Esther Cocio (Rudy), San Jose; and Mary Lou Wood (Marvin), Visalia; looked up to him for his strong, brave, courageous individuality.
At age 17 Art enlisted in the Air Force serving our country. A while after Art's enlistment, he became a father of three healthy boys, Troy Alvarado (Sylvia), Exeter; Victor Alvarado (Scottie), Dallas, TX; and Aaron Alvarado, Dallas, TX. Between his three warm-hearted sons, he was given six wonderful grandchildren.
Art worked for various employers doing brick and cement work. Laying down brickwork, putting slabs of concrete down, and constantly building something between concrete, wood, and bricks was no longer a career to him; it was a hobby he enjoyed. Art took pride in laying brick and pouring cement. He retired from the Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Department in the early 1990's with a special recognition award for his outstanding achievements and hard work.
On March 25th, 1995 Art married the love of his life, Annie Gomez Alvarado and was blessed with four loving stepchildren, Bethaney Kuenning (Chris), Hanford; Elizabeth Walker (Steve), Hanford; Ralph Avila (Sophie), Tulare; and Raul Avila, Hanford. Between his forever joking humor, his loving qualities, and his strong admiration for his family, Art was the perfect stepfather to the four of them and their children, giving him an extra eleven grandchildren. Art will be dearly missed, between his sense of humor always making the family laugh to his loving traits in which he possessed, we know up there in heaven our Papa Art is laying down sidewalks of gold for our Lord.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Kings County Unit in the name of Art Alvarado at 823 West Lacey Boulevard, Hanford, CA. 93230.
Graveside Service Thursday, September 13th, 2012, 10:00 a.m., at the Hanford Cemetery 10500 South 10th Avenue. (Corner of 3rd Street and 10th Avenue). 584-3937.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on Sept. 11, 2012
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