Robert Archie Archuleta
1930 - 2019
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Robert Archuleta
1930 ~ 2019
On January 25, 2019 Robert "Archie" Archuleta, (humble civil warrior, poet, gentle grandpa, adoring husband and father), laid down his sword. Archie died of a series of complications from an acute illness and surgery. He was 88 years old.
Archie was born July 22, 1930 near Grand Junction, Colorado. His family were farm workers, and he grew up picking sugar beets, lettuce and other produce before he and his family settled in Pocatello, Idaho in the 1940's. Archie excelled in school and was the first member of his family to attend college. He received a bachelor's degree in education from Idaho State University, and made his way to SLC in 1953 to teach elementary school. He eventually met his wife Lois and settled in Utah to raise his family.
His public persona was bigger than life and filled his days. But the private Archie was a sly, funny, generous man with a piece of wood in one hand and a pocket knife in the other. Our homes are filled with his whittled creations. He spent hours organizing his political buttons, of which he had hundreds, seeing them as proof of our collective and individual voices. He loved working in the garden and and feeding the birds. It did not matter that the squirrels ate half the food. He loved the cycle of life and survival. He treasured pan dulce and a good root beer float and enjoyed watching old movies with his sweetheart. He loved history and read voraciously. Lessons from the past proved to him that change is possible and voices can be heard.
Archie lived to serve the SLC community he called home. He was a shining beacon of hope, demonstrating through his tireless example that we can rise above our differences and create a world bright with justice for all. He was an example of tolerance and non-violence all his life. Archie's accomplishments are many, and in them he demonstrated a great love of justice and fairness for all members of society, especially the disenfranchised. He felt that through education, change was possible and he created and supported many educational programs.
Archie was tireless in his quest for justice. His greatest attribute was his faith and belief that all his efforts made a difference, that each person's voice matters. "Speaking up" is the manifestation of that commitment. "Truth needs witnesses" was his mantra. He truly believed we are all witnesses and creators of justice and the peace that can come from that. He believed this to the end of his life, without fear, without cynicism and with infinite hope. This is his greatest gift to us.
Archie leaves behind his beautiful wife of over 60 years, Lois, five children Letitia (David), Micaela, Keith (Louise), Lucienne, Jason (Brett) and six amazing grandchildren, John (Cheryl), Stevie, Mariah (Kirk), Jack (Meg), Emma and Serena. He leaves dozens of nieces and nephews throughout the West.
Archie chose how he lived and fittingly he also chose how he died. He did not want a traditional funeral. We will celebrate his extraordinary life with a memorial service on Saturday March 2. More details will be published regarding the time and place.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Archie and Lois Archuleta Chicano Scholarship Fund at the University of Utah, or Crossroads Urban Center.
See Larkin Mortuary link additional photos and articles.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2019.
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June 29, 2019
Here in Portland, OR, I just learned of the passing of Archie. I offer my condolences, to Lois, and to his family. Archie is included in my on personal list of the Best People in the World. He made a positive difference in so many lives and will be greatly missed.
March 4, 2019
Archie was so supportive of the Poplar Grove community and particularly the Chapman branch library where he was a regular and beloved patron. It was such a joy chatting with Archie whenever he visited, and a rare and exciting challenge to help him with his many interesting Inter-library loan requests which covered a variety of historical topics and social issues. Archie believed in the transformative power of libraries in the community and supported the Chapman branch as it celebrated its 100th birthday last year. He believed in connections stretching back through time, and weaving one's beliefs and principles through neighborhoods by one's convictions and deeds. Archie was a true humanitarian and he will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathy to Archie's loved ones.
--Mary Anne Heider, Chapman Library Mgr. 2011-2018
Mary Anne Heider
March 2, 2019
Archie on a mural at Neighborhood House, photo by David Ricketss
Charlotte Fife-Jepperson
March 2, 2019
Dearest Lois, Tish, Keith, Mickey, Cien, Jason,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather Archie meant the world not only to our family but to many within the community. I have such fond memories...too many to count but will always hold them close in my heart.
You are loved and thought of today and always.

Lauri and Charlie Colosimo, Scott, Beverly and Paul Briney
Lauri Colosimo
February 15, 2019
To Lois and Archuleta Family,
Condolences to you and the family for the loss of Archie. He was an example of courage, honesty, and simplicity. He cared about humanity and justice for all peoples. At the Asian Association of Utah, we will make March 20, 2019 as Archie Archuleta Day which is also the first day of Spring, 2019. Archie gave hopes to many individuals and organizations.We remember as Spring.
Shu H Cheng
February 6, 2019
Mr Archeleta was my 4th and 5th grade teacher at Riverside Elementary. Whenever I'm asked my favorite and most influential teacher, he's the guy. He was loved by all his students, I feel privileged to have had him for 2 special years. So sorry for your loss. Dixie Thayne
February 6, 2019
I first met Archie in January of 1969. He was assigned as an administrator for a new adult high school in SLC Schools. The new program was an off shoot of the adult night school. I was hired to teach math & science. The day school was located in 4 different schools for the first 4 years. Our first graduation had less than 10 graduates. We then spent 20 years at Horace Mann Jr. While there I was asked to be Archie's assistant. What a wonderful mentor who exemplified superior teaching skills and unconditional positive regard for all. Our last move was to the Horizonte Instruction and training center. Our graduation numbers were now over 1000, which was more than the other SLC high Schools combined. Lastly special thanks to his wife Lois who provided dated newspapers for me to read at the old SLC library. David C. Anderson
David Anderson
February 6, 2019
David Anderson
February 4, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the loving God of all comfort and promised hope strengthen you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 (JW)
Alex G
February 4, 2019
From The Archuleta Family.
Rest in peace.
February 4, 2019
Sorry for your/our loss.
Me and Hazel had worked with both Archie and Wayne Holley for years throughout the 80's and 90's on various social issues. They were both a sincere inspiration to us. The community is mourning a fine man with a big heart and a big smile for all.

Tony and Hazel Roehrig
February 3, 2019
Dear Lois,

I am sorry to hear of your great loss. I did not know Archie well but I did have the pleasure of speaking with him and watching him interact with his family and others at library functions. He was truly a good man and well loved by many.
My love to you and your family.

Steven Fawson
February 3, 2019
"Sorry for the loss of your dear and beloved loved one. May our heavenly Father sustain the family of such great loss."
February 3, 2019
David Anderson
February 1, 2019
February 1, 2019

Dear Lois,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Archie's passing. Archie was the best person I have ever met and a person without equal. He was an inspiration and his company was a pleasure.

I learned a lot from Archie, he was a mentor to me. He was a tremendous example to all of us of what an activist could be. He and longtime friend Wayne Holley were models for all of us doing community organizing in Salt Lake.

He was thoughtful in individual dealings with people, always showing interest in the other person's life and situation.

He was a serious, hard-working and dedicated person who fought to make his community a better place and succeeded.

Even though we lived in separate cities, divided by distance and illness, he was often a part of our conversation. Those of us who knew him always had a smile on our face whenever we mentioned his name came up in conversation.

He was a man of great courage who faced valiantly all difficulties that life threw at him and always opted to stand up for the people in his community, which was pretty much, everyone that he met.

Whenever I saw him with his children, it was clear that he took great delight and pride in them.

I know that he thought himself blessed by having you as a partner in life and I share with you the sorrow of losing him.

In solidarity,

Richard Becker
Richard Becker
February 1, 2019
As his 6th grade students, we all called him "Archie". He had a special gift of making anyone who ever knew him a better person. We excelled simply because we knew it made him even happier. What a blessing he was for generations of students, co-workers, fellow activists, family, and friends. Love to you, "Archie".
February 1, 2019
To Lois and the Archuleta family:
It is with deep sadness I learn of Mr. Archuleta's passing. He was my 4th and 5th grade teacher at Riverside Elementary from 1957 through 1959. Beyond the demonstrable fact he could kick a soccer ball at recess higher and farther than any person on earth and introduced me to the magic of classical music with the Toreador song from Carman, his novel and noble education skills prepared me for life's many tests ahead. His grace, dignity, and a keen eye for social justice are the stuff of a life lived well. One educator can make a difference, especially when that person is grounded upon a platform of decency and aligned with the spheres of a noble spirit whose shining star sparkles bright with social justice -- especially in times of dim lights as these. Mr. Archuleta, you will be much missed.

Mike Graham
4191 NW Bittersweet Place
Corvallis, OR 97330
Mike Graham
February 1, 2019
I had the privilege of working with Archie on many committees and workshops in the 70's, 80,s. He was a champion for the disadvantaged and the underdog. Not only for the Hispanice community but for all impacted by poverty and injustice. A beautiful life well-lived.
Karen Gardner
February 1, 2019
Karen Gardner
January 31, 2019
Archie was a beautiful human being. I had the honor to meet him in 1976 when I applied to work in the SLCSD, he was part of the interviewing committee. Saw him in and out of my classroom always with that invigorating and happy smile. I feel grateful to have met a caring and generous person like Archie. What an inspiration!
Always grateful,
Gerardo Milton Muñoz
Gerardo Milton Muñoz
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