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Arthur M. Soto

Arthur Marion Soto of Palos Verdes passed away peacefully on the fourth day of the New Year, just six months short of his 100th birthday. He was born on June 18th, 1918 in Mexico City, the youngest of four children of Mariano and Clementine Macias Soto. After his family immigrated to Los Angeles, he attended St. Mary's grammar school and Cathedral High School in Boyle Heights. The Christian Brothers who taught at Cathedral would have a profound and long-lasting influence on his life. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the army. While serving in Italy during World War II, he rose to the rank of staff sergeant as an administrator of a field hospital where he was in charge of over 50 men. Near the end of the war he was sent to Trento, Italy, where he met the love of his life, Mariuccia Lucas of Trieste, with whom he would have celebrated 70 years of marriage on the 10th of this month. After returning from the war, he and his new bride settled in Pasadena. In 1962, they escaped the smog and moved to Palos Verdes to be near the coast, where they remained for the rest of his life. That same year he co-founded Metal Supply, Inc. and served as its president until his retirement in 1983. Art loved people and enjoyed whomever was in his company, from busboys to Bishops. In retirement, he took pleasure in golf, tennis and bible study. He was an active member of St. John Fisher parish, where he led the Agape ministry, served as a Eucharistic minister, and co-founded the Men's Golf club. He attended Mass daily, which brought him a second family of loving and compassionate friends. He also took great pride in telling people he was the great great grandson of Dona Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Above all, he was an exemplary family man, always putting family first. We will miss him walking into a room and bursting into song, especially his love songs to Marie. He is survived by his lovely wife, Marie, and his four children: Steve Soto, Sue Robinson (Mark), Sandy Leslie (David), and Laurie McGee (Mike), as well as ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be at the St. John Fisher Chruch in PV on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11am. Please sign the guest book, www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 12, 2018
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