Porfirio Tarango "Mr. Pete" Prieto

Monday, June 22, 2015

Porfirio Tarango "Mr. Pete" Prieto passed away peacefully on June 14, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. Born on September 23, 1932, to the late Manuel and Margarita (Tarango) Prieto, in Candelaria, Tex., he lived the majority of his live in Arizona, but spent 15 years in Arkansas where he will be laid to rest.

He served in the 2nd, 24th, 7th and 8th divisions in the United States Army from 1953 to 1959. He enjoyed playing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, the guitar and accordion (which he taught himself) and loved to sing and play Mariachi music with his brothers and cousins. He loved watching old western movies, but his and Louise's favorite TV shows were "In the Heat of the Night" and "Big Joe's Polka." His passion included doing anything with Louise, especially when she would sing and he would play his guitar or accordion, but they also enjoyed traveling all over the states. The family will be lost without his beautiful spirit and soul.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his lifelong partner, and love of his life for 32 years, Wilma "Louise" Johnson Lucy; his brothers, Benjamin, David and Ishmael and a brother-in-law and best friend, Kenneth Johnson.

Pete is survived by two sons, Porfirio Jr. and Jaime; a daughter, Elsa; three step-sons, Michael (Robin), Randall (Cynthia) and Bruce (Lynda); a step-daughter, Beverly (Kenny) with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also has six sisters, Olivia, Elidia, Virginia, Carol, Anita and Alicia and a brother, Raul Prieto with many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Interment was in the Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Those who wish may sign the online condolence book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com