James "Butch" Arellano Jr.
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James "Butch" Arellano Jr

Beloved son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend James "Butch" Arellano Jr. passed away on June 12th, 2020.

Butch was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He began working an early age, mowing lawns and delivering newspapers in 6th grade in his Central Phoenix neighborhood. By age 12 he was working in the family business, soaking up all the knowledge he could from his father.

He attended Greenway High School. In 1993, he followed in his father's footsteps and started his own wholesale mattress business. He expanded his business, selling retail furniture as well. With hard work, dedication and strong customer relationships, he ran a successful business for more than 30 years.

In addition to being grounded in a strong work ethic, Butch was extremely generous. He assisted his employees when they were in need, supported the Valley's homeless population and made random acts of kindness a part of his daily life.

Butch loved spending time with his family, frequenting many of Arizona's lakes, and camping, fishing and barbequing. Butch loved music and singing and was always was the life of the party. He filled every room he walked into with love, laughter and hugs. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, sparing nothing in support of their wants and needs.

Butch is survived by his father and mother, James Sr. and Mary, his children Vanessa Razon, James III, Valerie, Gabriel and Alexandra; 8 grandchildren, 4 siblings and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, who all loved him dearly.

Services honoring Butch will be held at St. Gregory Catholic Church at a later date. Ashes will be interred at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in a private ceremony. Condolences can be expressed on the Holy Cross website at: https://www.hcccem.org/ A Go Fund Me site has been set at https://www.gofundme.com/f/butch-memorial




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 24 to Jun. 27, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
My Dear Brother, Im so heartbroken...by far, the hardest thing Ive ever had to do, live life without you. Life didnt happen in the natural order of things, Ill never understand why. I miss our daily calls to one another. I admire your courage, strength and ability to live your life from your own view, not anybody elses. The Pillar of our family, yeah, youre the one. I know we will reunite some day. Until then gone from my sight my friend, my family, my brother, love you always, Michelle
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Sister
July 2, 2020
Ashleigh Abeyta
Family
July 1, 2020
James So sad that your gone, you were one of those few people that got me made me feel okay with myself. Thank you and I know you realized what a pleasure it was when youd request that I serve you that glass of water. Silly little things that you did that made folks feel counted. Great guy your dad was guys.
Fernando Acosta
Friend
June 29, 2020
y Brother and this children and grandchildren. Two grandsons have been born since this photo❤
Sister
Family
June 29, 2020
My Brother and all hit beautiful children and grandchildren. Since this photo, another grandson has been born❤
Sister
Family
June 29, 2020
Rest In Peace Butch. You always made the good times better. You always found a way to come through no matter what was going on. Theres a big hole in all of our hearts now. Our family is truly heartbroken. You will truly be missed. Thank you for all the memories.
Grant
Family
June 29, 2020
Well this is a hard one for sure children are not to go first, my love goes out to Mary and Jim and to the rest of the family. Peace to all
Linda
Friend
June 29, 2020
I surely know he was a caring big brother!!! He cared so much for her siblings!! A very nice guy!!
Julie Reyes
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dad,
I miss you. My kids miss you. I am forever thankful for the beautiful time we had.
Right in front of my eyes you became the best Crumpa ever.
I watched Bea and Hunter fall in love with you, become friends with you.
We are incredibly lucky that my kids got that beautiful part of you.
I miss our calls, your surprise visits, BBQs and text messages. I miss having drinks with you and singing.
I would do anything to have your kisses and hugs one last time. But it would never be enough.
You hugged with open arms, it was the best, and Ill miss that.
We talked about everything, your secrets and mine.
Im blessed for the relationship we made. It was beautiful and pure. Made from simple love.
It is my greatest wish that we had more time. That I had more time to tell you I love you.
I hope you know how much I love you, how much I have always loved you. How much you mean to my kids. How much I miss you and think of you.
We werent suppose to lose you this soon, we still needed you.
Ill remember and think of you everyday,
Ill carry you in my heart everyday. Always Dad.
Rest In Peace Handsome man. You deserve to rest.
Every single part of you will be etched in my heart forever. Always loved, never forgotten, forever missed.

Vanessa Razon
Vanessa Razon
Family
June 28, 2020
My brother, you will be sorely missed. Our lives will never be the same. Your heart and soul were too big for any room. Your generosity was endless. I am blessed to have had you in my life but I will miss you forever! True. Legend. To the kids, I will be here for you in any way I can. RIP my brother, my friend.
Marisa
Sister
June 28, 2020
Dear Butch: I love you. I don't know why the Lord decided to take you so soon, but you continue to live in our hearts. My condolences to my dear sister and her whole family. My love to you all.
Frances Gamez
Family
June 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time. You will truly be missed. We love you and we will always remember you. Stay strong Guido we love you too.
Ingrid, Isabel and Karina Gomez (Chilango)
Ingrid
Friend
June 28, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sigifredo velazquez Big al
Friend
June 28, 2020
Life will never be the same without you pops, not a moment goes by that I don't think of you... the morning are the hardest,, realizing every day that I don't have you anymore. Thank you for the life lessons and pride that you handed me. You w es re always the brightest star when you lot up a room. Shine bright pops. I will miss you until the end of time,, my best friend love Guido
James Arellano III
Family
June 27, 2020
My brother was the heart of our family. We are heartbroken and miss him profoundly. I cherish all the wonderful times we shared and I will make an effort to do more good for others in his memory. R.I.P. big brother.
Saundra
Family
June 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person and cousin. Butch, we will love you and miss you always.
Denise Espinosa
Family
June 27, 2020
Butchie..my heart is heavy as I write this. I will see you again my friend but until then I will surely miss you.It hurts not to see you on the back roads and throw you waves and kisses. Rest in peace my friend.love, Dawn Tansy Mukai
Dawn Mukai
Friend
June 27, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and my deepest sympathy. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you all in this difficult time of loss and sorrow.
Vanessa Mija love you all. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Wish that I could be there with you Mija. But this covid situation has changed everything in our lives. ✝
Gloria Santa Cruz
Family
June 26, 2020
RIP Dad, we love you so much ♥
Marisa Arellano
Family
June 26, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
June 26, 2020
Sending my most sincere heartfelt condolences to the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Primo, may you rest in eternal peace, love you, give my momma a hug for me.
Eloise Arredondo
Family
June 26, 2020
Vanessa, Dianne and family, may God bless you and your family in this sad time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Cecelia Salas
June 26, 2020
Legends never die, your always gunna be live in our hearts and protect us all the time. well live your legacy pops forever. The king!!!! - gabriel
gabriel arellano
Family
June 26, 2020
Butch will be missed by many. I have so many fantastic memories. He will live in my heart forever. Till we meet again ❤
Lynda French
Family
June 26, 2020
Vanessa. Very beautiful and well said your dad is with t he lord and looking down his childern. Jesus gave a postion in heaven is to be a Guardian angels to his childern and grand childern you and your silbings have been very blessed love u tia abby
Abby
Family
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