Arthur "Spider" B. Gonzales Sr.

Born: Wed., Mar. 20, 1940
Died: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020


9:30 AM Fri., Mar. 06, 2020
Location: San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church

Memorial Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Mar. 06, 2020
Location: San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church

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Arthur was born on March 20, 1940 in Belen, NM to Felipe and Paublita Gonzales.  Arthur’s father was a sheepherder and when Arthur was 3 years old, the family moved to Flagstaff.

Arthur attended South Beaver Elementary, Flagstaff Junior High and Flagstaff High School where he graduated in 1958.  Arthur did quit high school for a short period to join the Army National Guard at the age of 15.  His mother had to sign a waiver for him to join.  He eventually was honorably discharged in February of 1978 and received his office retirement as a SSG with the 855 MP Company in March of 2000 at the age of 60.

Mr. Gonzales also attended Arizona State College in his 20’s and shortly after had 3 children, Laura Marie was born 1968, Angela Rose in 1971 and Arthur Benjamin Jr. in 1974.  Arthur’s children were his pride and joy and he loved the dearly.

Arthur began his career as a plumber/pipefitter in 1970.  He continued that career for 22 plus years until he retired.  He made many lasting friendships working at the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City.  He was a lifetime member of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbing and Pipefitting.  

Mr. Gonzales’ interests include anything that had to do with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Megan (Laura) made him so proud as she joined the Army and became an MP just like him.  Hayden (Laura) finished diesel mechanic school in July and his Papa worried everyday about him working out in the cold.  Miley (Arthur) played soccer and he may not have always been there, but she gave him a play by play of every game and he always knew the score.  His 2 great granddaughters Kensleigh and Paisley were his heart and he loved to hear them call him Papa!  His 2 bonus granddaughters Chelsea and Deejai always stayed close to his heart.  He enjoyed lunch every Saturday at 3:30 with Frank Avelar and Pete Ramirez right up until his passing.  

Arthur is survived by his 3 children, Laura (Paul), Angela and Arthur Jr.  His oldest brother Louis Gonzales and sister Donna Conde.  He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.  

Catholic Rosary is at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 6th with a funeral mass following.  Burial will be with his mother at Calvary Cemetery after the mass.  

Rest in peace now Dad, we will forever miss you and eternally love you.  

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Bobbie Gribben Baca
   Posted Wed February 26, 2020
To Art's children,grandchildren and great Grandchildren,Nieces & Nephews: Corky and I will miss Your Dad he was always nice to talk to . We send our prayers for your great loss of your Dad. Love Corky,Vince,Bobbie Baca & Family

Linda J Wilson
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
Arthur must have been a sweet, shy young man. I don't actually remember him from high school, but surely we crossed paths, especially at graduation 1958! He had to of made our class one of the greatest. Thank you, Spider, for your military service! Love to his family who will miss him.

Julie Elliott
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
Blessings to you all! He was a fine gentleman and always had a smile and a kind story to tell when I would see him around town. I was surprised 17 years ago when he got out of his tow truck and said "Hi Miss Elliott, here's your CRV". (I had purchased it in Tucson and it was delivered to Flagstaff). Most of all, I had the pleasure of teaching Art and Angela at Marshall Elementary school and always looked forward to asking about how the kids were doing.
Julie Elliott

Jerry Lively
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
Sad for Arts passing , have known this good man for over 60 years , I missed seeing him after we moved to Colorado , may God Bless his Family , Art was one of the nicest men I've ever know .

   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
Here I am lost for word trying to say we will miss Arthur every one call him SPIDER He was a every person and a good friend I am really lost for words right now I like to say more We miss you SPIDER

Sammy Sedillo
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
Art was a great guy. About a year ago I ran into him at East side McDonald's and we shared a cup of coffee and he shared memories he had of my deceased mother and father as they were all growing up in Flagstaff and of how proud he was of his family. My sincere condolences to all his family. Rest in peace my friend.

Frank Abeyta
   Posted Sun March 01, 2020
Spider was a great friend. I knew Spider since we were in high school. I will miss him very much. I hope his family knows how much a great friend he was to so many people.

Tim and Pat Washburn
   Posted Sun March 01, 2020
We are sadden to hear of your father’s passing. Please accept our condolences. May he Rest In Peace.
Tim and Pat

Eunice Le Blanc
   Posted Mon March 02, 2020
So sorry for your loss! God bless you and give you peace!!!

Ann Pollock
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
God Bless Art!!! He was a loyal friend of my family as long as I can remember. I wish strength ad peace for his family.

Bill Stoddard
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
I was your football coach when you were about 10 years old.
I got to know your dad then and I always tried to stop and talk when I'd see him around town. He was always friendly and I enjoyed talking to him. He always made it a point to tell me about you and how you were doing. He was very proud of you.
I'll miss talking to him. He was a good man. I'm sorry for your loss.

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