His­panic ac­tivist Archie Archuleta is dead at 88

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Weather Obituaries -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah of­fi­cials re­acted Satur­day with ex­pres­sions of respect and sad­ness to the death Fri­day night of Robert “Archie” Archuleta, a leader of the state’s His­panic com­mu­nity and prom­i­nent civil rights ac­tivist. He was 88.

Archuleta was for­mer pres­i­dent of the Utah Coali­tion of La Raza, which said in a state­ment that Archuleta was among the first Chi­cano ac­tivists in Utah.

Cur­rent UCLR Pres­i­dent Richard Jaramillo said Archuleta’s death was “go­ing to leave such a vac­uum that he filled with his voice in this com­mu­nity.”

Con­gress­man Ben Mca­dams said Archuleta “worked ev­ery day to en­sure mi­nor­ity voices are heard” and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskup­ski called Archuleta “a fierce ad­vo­cate for equal­ity.”

Sur­vivors in­clude Archuleta’s wife, Lois, their five chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren.

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