Albert Arellano, 59, of Rifle, Colorado, passed away May 18th, 2010.
He was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico on November 26th, 1950. He was the son of Maria P. Arellano and the late Salomon F. Arellano; and was one of six children including, Frank Arellano, the eldest and his wife Laura of Pueblo West, Joe B. Arellano of Minturn, Rosemarie and her husband Andy Sandoval of Gypsum, Eugene of Grand Junction, and Salomon Jr., deceased.
Albert was raised in Minturn and was a first generation college graduate. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Albuquerque in New Mexico in 1973. He graduated cum laude, majoring in Political Science. Upon graduating, he returned to Colorado where he pursued a number of diverse professional and personal interests. Some of his career paths included working at the coal mines in Minturn alongside his father, and as a computer technician at CQG for almost 20 years. A life-long learner, one of Albert’s interests included radio disc-jocking. He hosted several radio programs in Vail and Carbondale, where at both stations he started the first Spanish radio programs. In the early days of KDNK in Carbondale, Albert used to rummage discount stores for music since the radio station did not have any Spanish music in their collection. Albert also wrote articles for the Valley Journal, where his articles focused on his life experiences growing up as a Latino in Colorado. Albert was also on the coal mine rescue team, was a certified EMT, and taught English as a Second Language at Colorado Mountain College. Always hiking and fishing, there was never a more avid fan of Colorado’s nature. And through the ups and the downs of the football season, Albert was a lifelong Broncos fan.
Albert is survived by his three daughters, Brenda Danielle and her husband Joe Anguiano of Los Angeles, Shena Marie Arellano of Washington DC, Amanda Pilar Arellano of Glenwood Springs, and his only son, Albert Elevi Arellano and his wife Kimberlee of Glenwood Springs.
Services for Albert Arellano were held at the Pear Park Baptist Church in Grand Junction at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010.
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