Roman Aranda Jr.

Roman "Baby" Aranda Jr., 80, of Mesilla, N.M., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. Roman was born on March 12, 1933, in Mesilla to Roman Aranda Sr. and Rosa Provencio. He enlisted in the Army and was a sergeant and Airborne. After his military career, he returned to Mesilla and settled into his civilian position at White Sands Missile Range. He married Frances Castillo and celebrated 55 years of marriage. He was a devout Catholic and enjoyed attending his daily Mass. They raised six children; the late Roman Aranda III (Natalie), Gloria Valencia (Kenny), Gilbert (Yvonne), Anthony, Robert (Christine), and Gabriel (Michelle). What made him smile most was being around his 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Roman was a humble man who was proud of his family. He was a self-taught musician who enjoyed playing guitar. Many people will have fond memories of his mustache, savvy fashion style and wit. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Basilica of San Albino at 10 a.m., the Rite of Committal will follow at San Albino Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, corner of Solano and Bowman Ave. To sign our local online guestbook, please log onto

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Getz Funeral Home
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE. Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
(575) 526-2419

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 26, 2014