World War II
1922 ~ 2014
Our beloved son, brother, friend, husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, Armand Cafarelli, of Salt Lake City, died at home surrounded by his family on Sunday evening, January 12, 2014, at the age of 91.
He was born February 18, 1922 in Aguilar, Colorado to William and Josephine Oppocher Cafarelli. He attended Holy Trinity grade school in Trinidad, Colorado. The family moved to Price, Utah and Armand attended Notre Dame grade school and graduated from Carbon High School in June 1941.
Armand chose to forego a career in baseball to serve his country in World War II. He left for the Naval Air Corp's Cadets B12 program, training at Cal-Poly and St. Mary's of Moraga. While in the Naval Air Corp, Armand married his dance partner and the love of his life, Katherine Louise Cuburu, on November 29, 1943. They had two daughters, Armone Jean and Mary Jo.
Armand later went to Pensacola, Florida and Gulf Port, Mississippi, for Special Forces training and entrance into the Construction Battalion. During World War II, he served four years in the Pacific Islands with the Seabees. He was honorably discharged from the military at the conclusion of the war.
Armand was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a successful homebuilder and salesman, constructing some of the first homes in Moab, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Evanston, Wyoming.
Some of Armand's favorite moments were spent fishing up in Montana at Hebgen Lake and casting a fly on the Madison River. Armand could always be found with a glass of wine in hand, entertaining an audience with a great story. Even in his later years, Armand never missed an opportunity to grab his love Kay, put on a big band record, and jitterbug across the kitchen floor. Above all else, Armand was a selfless and devoted family man whose love enlightened the lives of all who knew him.
Armand is preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister, and other extended family. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Kay, daughters Jean Gardner (Greg), Mary Jo Owens (Alan), grandsons Chris (Marcie), Anthony (Ashley), Tim (Alli), Nate, and Dan, great- grandchildren Cayten, Katie, Makena, Chloe, Evie, and Finley.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. James Carlisle, Dr. Kent Difiore, Dr. Alison Schlisman, Millcreek Home Health and Hospice, and a special thanks to Andrea and Carlos.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (1375 Spring Lane, 5000 South). A prayer service will take place prior to mass at 10:30 am, and friends may visit with family from 10:45 to 11:30. Funeral Director's Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Hospital in Armand's name.
Caf is now trading stories with God and fly-fishing the waters of heaven.