Henry (Hank) L. Arellanes Jr.

Henry (Hank) L. Arellanes Jr. 

2/11/1944 – 8/29/2022

Hank passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 29, 2022. Hank was born on Feb. 11, 1944, in Santa Barbara to Henry Sr. and Mary Louise Arellanes. He attended Dolores Elementary School, and Bishop Diego High School, before transferring to Santa Barbara High School, where he graduated.

He was in the Navy Reserve and started his active duty right out of high school. When he completed his service, he went to work for GTE (General Telephone & Electronics). He met his wife Patty in their early teens and married on Dec. 2, 1967. Their daughter Julie was born two years later. The family moved to Carpinteria and bought a house. Before long, Carpinteria truly became home. In 1982, they adopted their six-year-old son Gary, to become part of the family.

Hank always loved basketball; he played in high school. So, when the opportunity came up to coach at the Carpinteria Boys Club, he was really happy. He coached for many years there and loved it. The family grew when Julie had the first grandchild, Amanda, who stole a piece of his heart. Then came Jonathan, who did the same, followed by Daniel and Serra. He loved them dearly.

Hank retired after 40 years at GTE/Verizon. He and Patty joined the Carpinteria Senior Group, met more new friends, took some fun trips and was president of the group twice. He has been a member of the Carpinteria Lions Club since 2011, and really enjoyed being involved in all the activities and fundraising the club performs for the Carpinteria community, including his personal efforts in organizing three blood drives each year for nine years, and collecting glasses for refurbishing and donating.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hank Sr. and Mary Louise, his precious grandson Jonathan, and son Gary. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Patty; daughter Julie (Richard); grandchildren Amanda, Daniel and Sierra; his sister Anita Leski; and cousins, nieces and nephews, and two brothers-in-law. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

There will be a visitation/viewing on Monday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, 15 East Sola Street in Santa Barbara. Mass will be conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., 1532 Linden Ave., in Carpinteria. Following the mass, burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery at 199 N. Hope Ave., Santa Barbara. A reception will then follow at the Lions Park, 6197 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria. Dress comfortably and casually, at Hank’s request.


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