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Obituary for ARROYO


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday December 27, 2014

ARROYO, CRAIG ANTHONY Craig Anthony Arroyo December 2, 1968 - December 23, 2014 Craig Anthony Arroyo was born on December 2, 1968 and spent most of his life in New Mexico, where he graduated from Valley High School and New Mexico State University. After graduating from NMSU, Craig and his beloved wife Martha stayed in New Mexico to raise two wonderful sons, Jordan and Jeremy Arroyo. He spent his career as a mortgage broker and an entrepreneur, constantly looking for new ventures and challenges. Craig volunteered at local non-profit organizations, spent countless hours helping family and friends, and had eclectic hobbies and interests, including: carpentry, mountain biking, snowboarding, traveling, and car restoration. Craig's mantra was "go big, or find a way to go bigger." He never sat idle, constantly sought out new adventures, and inspired all who knew him to do the same. Surrounded by family and close friends, Craig passed away on December 23, 2014 due to complications he suffered following a heart attack. The week he spent in the hospital confirmed just how many people Craig has touched and inspired. Craig embraced friendships. He loved people, loved learning their stories, and was fortunate to have friends from all walks of life and all occupations. Craig packed adventure, creativity, friendship and joy into every single day of his life. He effortlessly made people smile and feel at ease in his company and built community wherever he went. Craig will be remembered for his exuberance for life, his desire to create and learn, his readiness for fun as well as his commitment to family and friends. "Never hold a grudge" was one of his most important beliefs for a happy life. Craig is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 19 years, Martha; sons Jordan and Jeremy; and parents Leonella & Vicente "Rocky" Arroyo. He is also survived by brother Chris (wife Sarah, children Jackson, Ashton, Madeline); sister Stephany Arroyo Jones (husband Jeff, son Francisco); and siblings (and their children) Vince and Ruby Arroyo, Kathy and Eli Padilla, Sylvia and Rudy Nolasco, Bill and Joyce Arroyo, Aileen Arroyo, Carmen and Rick Trujillo and Andrew Arroyo. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Elizabeth Jones (husband James), Mary Keith (husband Donnie, children Makayla, Eli), Sandie Mondragon (husband Paul, children Sophia, Diego, Roman) and nephew Adam Montoya. Craig's spirit for life will be carried on by these family members and by a large network of extended family and friends who live all across the country. The family thanks everyone for the overwhelming love, support, and prayers over the last week including Craig's doctors, nurses, and the first responders who cared for him. A celebration of Craig's life will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the New Covenant Church, 7201 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 at 11:00 am with a reception following. Please visit Craig's memorial website on Forever Missed to leave comments, tell stories, post pictures and videos. Craig's family is establishing a scholarship fund in his honor. Details will be posted soon on Craig's memorial website. Friends have set up a fund to help the Arroyo family on the website Go Fund Me under "Arroyo Family Fund" which can be found at: www.gofundme.com/craigarroyo In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Arroyo Family Fund.