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Arturo T. Lara

October 25, 1938 ~ January 9, 2021 (age 82)


Lara, Arturo Trujillo, “Uncle Tudie", "Art", of Silver City, New Mexico entered into the Gates of the Heavenly Kingdom on January 09, 2021.  He was born on October 25, 1938 in Central, New Mexico to Jose M. Lara & Estefana T. Lara.  He remained celibate during his entire life.  He is survived by two brothers, Joe Lara (Hilda), and Isidro Lara; one sister, Virginia Kozushko (Philip) He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe T. Jr. 1st-;  sister, Helen Flores; by his mother, Estefana; his dad, Jose; his sister, Inez; his brother, Felix; and his beloved niece Monica Jo Lara. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Baca’s Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, June 11, 2021 at eleven o’clock in the morning at the Hurley Cemetery.  

He lived in North Hurley for 50 years. During this time, he graduated from Cobre High School and from Western New Mexico University where he obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree and two Masters, one in Business Administration and the other School Administration. He was awarded the 1962 National Business Education Award. He taught school in Boron, California and at Snell Jr. High School in Bayard. He was a very loving, caring and influential and was the first "Chicano Teacher" who taught his typing students to achieve a high degree of school academic success through his God given talent that he possessed. He always tried to keep up with his former students' achievements. He admired being called "Mr. Lara" before and after he left the classroom until his death.

Also, he was very active in sports, since he played, coached, managed and owned his outstanding NORTH HURLEY EAGLES — Men's Softball & Semi-Pro Baseball & Basketball teams. For ten years, he was the Tourney Director for the NORTH HURLEY INVITATION which was held at the old Sticker Stadium in Silver City. He also was the Director and Financial Committee Chairperson who directed the First Annual St. Francis Newman Center, Co-Ed Softball Tourney. He compiled numerous trophies during those years to prove that he was a first-class winner as a player, coach, manager, owner, and a Tourney Director.

After his retirement from sports, he spent the rest of his life very active in carrying the spiritual and religious messages of recovery through Alcoholic Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous groups both locally and state-wide. He was able to have achieved a total of more than 30 years abstinence from alcoholism and his compulsive overeating for more than 10 years until his death.

He was a member of the 1st. Methodist Men's Church Prayer Group and a re-borne Shiloh Christian man of faith who lived his life according to bible principles since he always tried to set an example for others to follow on a daily walk with Jesus. On August 9, 2020, he lost his spiritual advisor: John Moore and he took over his healing ministry.

He was both a spiritual and religious writer who wrote his AA & OA recovery stories and others which were about his addictions, struggles, and they also appeared on the internet. These stories and others helped thousands and millions of brothers and sisters who were and are presently struggling with these addictions.

It was only by the grace of God that he was able to have been a triple point cancer survival winner and he survived a broken left hip at the age of 81 when he called upon the Holy Ghost “Jesus” to save him.

He's favorite daily prayer was always "God, please help me, save me and heal me".

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Graveside Service
June 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Hurley Cemetery
Route 180 and Cemetery Rd.
Hurley, NM 88043

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