Arthur Giron, of Santa Fe, New Mexico and formerly of Pojoaque, New Mexico left the loving arms of his loving family and crossed the veil into the loving arms of Jesus Christ in the late evening of Monday, March 17th, 2014. Arthur fought the good fight, finished the race and earned the crown of righteousness.
Born, raised, and educated in Pojoaque, Arthur graduated from Pojoaque High School in 1958. Upon graduation, Arthur joined his brothers in the construction industry until Uncle Sam drafted him into the United States Army in 1960. Arthur served his country abroad in Verdun, France until June of 1964 when he would receive an honorable discharge after doing his duty with pride and integrity.
Upon returning home, Arthur would pursue his dream of becoming an officer of the law joining the Santa Fe Police Department. He would advance through the ranks all the way to becoming a Lieutenant within the force. In 1975, Arthur transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission/Department of Energy as a Security Inspector and Fire Protection. In 1984, Arthur would move on to work with the University of California/Los Alamos National Laboratory where he retired after 30-years of dedicated service. Unknowingly, Arthur sacrificed his health for the sake of nuclear advancement until his retirement in June of 2005.
Arthur was a lifelong member of the Saint Francis Cathedral Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly in Santa Fe. Arthur was a 3rd and 4th degree Knight and served as Grand Knight where his emphasis would focus upon family, scouting, and church activities.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents Frank Giron and Beatrice Quintana, his brothers Pedro and wife Bennie, Benigno, his sisters Mary E. Maestas and husband Henry, and Elvira Lujan, his brothers-in-law Nestor Lujan and Gilbert Gallegos.
Those left behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 41-years Mary Louise Giron and children, Angela Martinez and spouse Ron, Anthony Lujan, and Jason Giron and girlfriend Crystal Viera; his grandchildren Julie Mitchell and husband Jon, Ashley Neville, John Paul Neville, Phillip Lujan and his fiancé Erika Dominguez, Kyle Martinez, and his beloved granddaughter Marisol Isabella Giron; and his five great-grandchildren.
Also left behind to remember Arthur are his siblings Celia Lujan, Rosina Gallegos, Juan Giron and wife Arabelle, and Lorraine and husband Joshua Abraham, and sister-in-law Evelyn Giron, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Santa Fe Cancer Center, Dr. Timothy Lopez, and Dr. Chan, Giving Home Health Care, Corbin Craig and his staff, Karen Glacier, and PMS Hospice and his care provider P.J. for the compassion and kindness given to the Arthur during his 20-months of battling pancreatic cancer.
The viewing will be on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 4 pm – 7 pm at the Berardinelli Family Funeral Home with the rosary to take place immediately after. The mass will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10 am at the St. Francis Cathedral Church with the burial to be held immediately after the National Cemetery. A reception in Arthur’s memory will be held at the Elk’s Lodge from 12 pm – 3 pm. Serving as Pallbearers will be John-Paul Neville, Phillip Lujan, Jon Mitchell, Marshall Lujan, Paul Gallegos, and Bill Norris.