Art Aranda

Art Aranda “Totts” of Central passed away at the age of 71 in Tucson, AZ on December 23, 2019.  Art was born in Solomon, AZ to Tomas & Maria Aranda but was raised by Petra & LaLo Gallegos with many siblings; 4 on the Aranda side, 8 on the Tartoglia side and 8 on the Pinon side.

Art attended to Safford High School, graduating in 1967.  He worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation and later retired as an equipment operator.  He married Celia Ann Castro and the couple had 3 children; Tracy, Michelle and Tomas. 

Art enjoyed music, fishing, hunting, woodworking and gardening.  He had a big heart and was always there for you if you needed anything.  Art often made friends with random strangers and would even take them in off the street just to feed them.  Everyone always admired his thick black hair and his kind heart.

He is survived by his loving wife Celia and his children Tracy (Ryan) Botkins, Michelle (Eric) Olver and Tomas (Missy) Aranda, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, Tatum Penelope Olver and a pet squirrel that plays the guitar.

Art is preceded in death by his parents and multiple siblings.

Services for Art and his grandson Alexander Romero were held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the River Church beginning at 11:00 a.m. with interment in the Central Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at