Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL&REGION -

Mar. 20, 1995 - Oct. 4, 2017

Ar­turo Lopez Jr., 22, of El Cen­tro passed away peace­fully Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 4, 2017 in his home fol­low­ing a short but coura­geous bat­tle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Born March 20, 1995 in El Cen­tro, Ar­turo, or Turi as he was af­fec­tion­ately known, was a good hearted kid and very easy to fall in love with. In school, he was well known and well liked; so much, that his friends’ par­ents be­came his friends as well. Turi en­joyed rid­ing, whether on his skate­board around town in Holtville, or with his brothers on his first dirt bike that his par­ents bought him in 2012. When he wasn’t skate­board­ing or rid­ing his dirt bike, he could be found help­ing his father with his truck­ing busi­ness, Art & K Trans­port. Turi loved his fam­ily, and was very close to his mother. He loved get­ting to­gether for gath­er­ings where they shared sto­ries and laughs as they bar­be­cued. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Vis­i­ta­tion will take place Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 16, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mor­tu­ary in El Cen­tro. Ser­vice is sched­uled for 9 a.m. Tues­day morn­ing, also at Hems Brothers Mor­tu­ary. He will be laid to rest at Ev­er­green Ceme­tery in El Cen­tro.

He was pre­ceded in death by his ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Jose Martinez; ma­ter­nal grand­mother, Amelia Martinez; pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, Ig­na­cio Lopez; and un­cle, Al­berto Martinez.

Ar­turo is sur­vived by his par­ents, Ar­turo and Jose­fina Lopez; sib­lings, Yadira (Raul) Or­tiz, Dianela (Manuel) Parra, Kim­berly Lopez, Hector (Aurora) Moreno, and Luis Moreno; un­cle, Mario and An­to­nia Martinez; nieces and neph­ews, Me­lanie and Raul Jr., Alexis, Alena, Chris­tian, Allyssa and Aubrey, Ayana and Alia, Ryan and Ma­son; and grand­mother, Pe­tra To­rales.

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