John Ben Artaz |

John Ben Artaz

May 27, 1925 – Feb 22, 2014

John Ben Artaz passed away February 22nd, 2014, at the VA hospital in Grand Junction, CO. John was born May 27, 1925, to Peter and Zorine Artaz on Missouri Heights and grew up in Glenwood Springs, CO.

He married Estaleen Walters on January 3rd, 1948, in Glenwood Springs, CO. John and Estaleen lost a young son Duane and raised three daughters, Wanda, Susan and Arlene.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Estaleen, son, Duane, and daughter Wanda. He was also preceded in death by his father, mother, one brother and one sister. He is survived by his daughters Susan and Arlene, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother and seven sisters.

Following his two years in the army he worked at the Ford garages in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. He taught auto repair at Mesa College in Grand Junction. He and a partner started the Hertz Rental Agencies in Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Grand Junction. John and Estaleen enjoyed having lunches with friends and were both very active in their church.

John was very proud of his honorable service as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division during World War II. He was decorated several times for this service.

Services will be held at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 26th, at the United Methodist Church in Fruita, CO, and a luncheon will follow in the church basement.

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