Dr. Richard Arellanes beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home in Las Vegas, after a long battle with cancer.
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Born the oldest of seven children on Aug. 31, 1946, Richard was raised in Santa Fe, by his loving parents, Maguin and Rachel Arellanes.
He moved to Las Vegas in 1966 to pursue his undergraduate education at New Mexico Highlands University. There, he met and married his beautiful wife, Carol Harrison. Richard went on to pursue his doctorate in dentistry at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, graduating in 1974. He practiced dentistry in Las Vegas, for 35 years until his retirement in 2011.
Throughout his life, Richard was a dedicated father and husband, who cherished time spent with family. He enjoyed golf, reading and playing with his grandsons, Liam and Alexander. To his family, Richard was the embodiment of love and fortitude, and he will never be forgotten.
Richard is preceded in death by his father, Maguin Arellanes and mother, Rachel.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Arellanes; daughter, Andrea Arellanes-Lucero and husband Julian Lucero; brothers, Michael Arellanes and wife Irene, Nick Arellanes and wife Esther; sisters, Patricia Montoya, Kathy Arellanes, Sandra Ortiz and husband George, Susan Padilla and husband Eloy; grandchildren, Liam and Alexander; and many nephews and nieces.
A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas. Interment will immediately follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Visit www.nelsonfuneralhomelv.com for online condolences.
The family of Richard Arellanes has entrusted their loved one to Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas, 425-6551.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on May 15, 2013