Arturo Rodriguez

Arturo Rodriguez

6/2/1952 – 2/14/2021

On Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, Arturo Flores Rodriguez, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at age 68.

Arturo was born on June 2, 1952 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico to Adela Flores and Candelario Rodriguez. His childhood years were spent in Durango, Durango, Mexico. He moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1974.

On Nov. 9, 1990 he married Lupe Medina. He was a father of two sons, Jorge and Jose, two daughters, Kenya and Ari, and his stepchildren Claudia, Manuel and Ricardo.

Arturo worked for many successful restaurants in the Santa Barbara area, and later went on to own his own restaurant, Mai-Kai Restaurant, in Carpinteria, California for several years. Arturo worked at Harding School preparing and serving meals to students. His dedication to students’ wellbeing drove his decision to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arturo had a passion for cooking, gardening and his soccer team, Las Chivas de Guadalajara. He enjoyed taking daily walks in his neighborhood with his wife and three dogs. He also loved to watch wildlife documentaries, Spanish-language films, and to sing banda songs at the top of his lungs. He was known for his infectious smiles, patience, kindness and fervor for life.

Arturo was preceded in death by his father, Candelario, his mother, Adela, and his brothers, Fernando and Jorge. He is survived by his wife, Lupe; his sons, Jose and Jorge; his daughters, Kenya (Ronnie) and Ari; his stepchildren, Manuel, Claudia and Ricardo; his brothers, Esteban and Mario; his sister, Rosa; several nieces and nephews, nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service to be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 757 East Main St. Ventura, at 10:30 a.m.

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