Michael H. Araiza Sr.

September 29, 1963 - September 23, 2023
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Michael H Araiza Sr.

September 29, 1963- September 23, 2023It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of Mike Araiza on September 23, 2023. Mike left us peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Mike was born in Casa Grande, Arizona, but was raised in Tucson. He attended Cholla High School and spent the majority of his life as a professional painter. He was employed by Asarco at the Hayden Smelter where he painted many of the smelter’s buildings, machines, and vehicles. He also, at one point, painted the Dudleyville Fire Station. Mike was an avid artist and enjoyed painting on canvas with oils, acrylics and watercolors. He inspired many to find their artistic side. He also had a passion for metal detecting, baseball, and jeep rides. Mike was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father Norma (Valencia) and Eddie Araiza He is survived by his Wife Patricia Pacheco Araiza, his children Michael Araiza Jr (Emily), Marisela Araiza, Angelica (John) Banda, and Alicia (Daniel) Garcia. His grandchildren Jadon, Gabriella, Jazmyn Garcia and Amari Banda. Mike is also survived by his brother Louie Araiza (Elaine) and sister Sandra Espinoza.  As well his two aunts (Enedina Lara, Olga Ornelas), nieces, nephews, many cousins, extended family and many friends. Services for Mike will be at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Tucson, on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023.Rosary will be said at 10:30am , followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am. Private Interment at the Marana Mortuary and Cemetery St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church8650 N Shannon Rd Tucson, AZ 85742

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Time: 10:30 am

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


8650 N. Shannon
Tucson, Arizona 85742


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Time: 11:00 am

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


8650 N. Shannon
Tucson, Arizona 85742

Cemetery Information

Marana Mortuary Cemetery


12146 W. Barnett Rd
Marana, Arizona 85653


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Born: September 29, 1963
Died: September 23, 2023

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Rachel LoTurco posted on 10/10/23

My sincere condolences to the Araiza family. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Steve Castro posted on 10/7/23

With much sadness, I say goodbye to an incredible man and an amazing friend. Mike and I met through a mutal friend many years ago. Hardworking and very professional, were synonymous of Mike's character., which are the qualities of an exceptional employee. I will always remember his jokes, his loyalty, his friendship and his beautiful oil painting that paved the way into everyone's heart. May you rest in heavenly peace Miguelito! Until we meet again.


Nikki Holland posted on 10/7/23

Some of my fondest memories of growing up in the culdesac are of my friend Michael, who told the best stories, always scary, and made up and ran the best games, always fun, celebrating many of our young birthdays, always sharing. Happy Birthday Michael. Rest well my friend. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends and all who knew and loved him.


Bill and Diane Clarke posted on 10/7/23

Bill and Diane Clarke send Pat and family our sincere condolences. God Bless. RIP Mike.


Joe & Irma Granillo posted on 10/5/23

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Joe & Irma Granillo posted on 10/5/23

My sincere condolences to the family. Mike was a great man. A lot of child hood memories. May you rest in peace Brother.


Fred and Lupe Garza posted on 10/3/23

Mike was such a good friend will always remember our first cook out tripitas right off the grill .we became such good friends .you had a big heart so loving and caring Rest In Peace.


Beatriz Fernanda Ortega Dórame posted on 10/3/23

Descanse en paz un gran ser humano, mis condolencias para toda la familia.


Sylvia Grijalva Norsworthy posted on 10/3/23

My deepest condolences to the family. With all his suffering he is Resting in Peace and with our Savior ?.


Margot Valencia posted on 10/2/23

Condolences to all the family . Rest in Peace. Valencia family