Guiseppe Carl Arnone, better known as Joe C. Arnone, was born on November 4, 1927 from the union of Gaetano and Aquilina Arnone. Joe was a lifelong resident of Aguilar, Colorado, graduating with the Class of 1945. While in school, he worked part-time for Pay & Pac, Prato’s grocery store, and operated the projector of cinema at the Ute theatre. In July 1946 he was drafted into the army where he served with the occupation forces in Japan and was honorably discharged as a fifth grade technician in April 1947. After his discharge he worked at the times for Baudino Transfer and the Raspon Coal Mine to earn enough money to attend auto mechanic school in Los Angeles, California. After graduating he returned to Aguilar where he worked for Tollers Ford Motor Company in Trinidad for three years. Joe then opened and operated Arnone’s Service and Repair in Aguilar, which he ran for 10 years until they rerouted Interstate 25. At that time, he was hired to teach mechanics automobile at Trinidad High School. After five years, he was offered an instructor position by Trinidad State Junior College where he taught auto mechanics for the next 20 years. During his college tenure, he was able to earn his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a professional master’s degree from Dallas State University in Dallas, Texas. He was elected and served as president of the faculty senate and served as division president of the mechanical arts division for 15 years. Joe was a very active member in his community where he served on the Aguilar School Board during the reorganization of the county into six districts and during that time served as school board chair. He served on the Aguilar City Council and President of the Aguilar Booster Club where they won a state award for the four statues erected to commemorate Aguilar’s centenary. Joe served over 20 years on the Board of Supervisors that audited St. Anthony’s Parish Credit Union and 10 years as a Justice of the Peace. Joe also helped Mike Scarfiotti install the first television booster station in Aguilar which provided three television stations to families in Aguilar as well as surrounding areas. After a three-year courtship, Joe married Alice Cattani in 1951. Together they had seven children and were married for 61 years. Early in their marriage, Joe purchased the family’s three-room home where, over the years, she built and added six more rooms, an indoor pool and a four-car garage. Joe loved being in the mountains where he built a three bedroom cabin in Stonewall, Colorado. One of Joe’s proudest moments was when he and Alice received an award when their youngest child graduated from Aguilar Public Schools. This award reflected the fact that for 35 consecutive years at least one of their children had attended public schools in Aguilar. Joe enjoyed playing cards, skiing, golfing, motorcycling and visiting his many friends. He was particularly known for his remarkable memory of the facts and events of the town of Aguilar, as well as for always helping anyone who needed it, whether it was mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, appliances, etc., he could fix it. Joe was pursued in death by his wife, Alice Arnone; his son, Dino Arnone; his parents, Gaetano and Aquilina Arnone; his three brothers, Orlando Arnone, Armando Arnone, Gilbert Arnone; and her sister, Edith Fullwood. Joe is survived by his six children, Albina (Jim) Lee of Raton, NM, Gaetano Arnone of Los Alamos, NM, Judee (Steve) Mattivi of Pueblo, Colorado, Chrissy (John) Grider of Albuquerque, NM, Mario ( Lana) of Westcliffe, Colorado, and Joseph Arnone of Las Cruces, NM; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The last thing to say about Joe C. Arnone is that he loved his family very much and was very proud of them all. The viewing will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel and the memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at St Anthony d’Aguilar Parish. The family will receive friends and family in the reception room following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Rose Health Center, Trinidad, Colorado. Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.
Posted on April 22, 2022
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