Joseph David Arpaia, 58, of La Mirada, California, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana Beach ~ Boulevard Turístico del Este Km.28 No.74, Macao, Dominican Republic.
A celebration of life service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary, 7651 Commonwealth, Buena Park, California 90621. Pastor Nestor Ramos will be officiating. Interment and graveside service will follow at 1:30p.m. in San Fernando Valley Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, California.
Friends may visit from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary. Those wishing to sign Joe’s guestbook may do so at: www.renakerclockgether.com click Obituary.
Joe, as he was fondly called by his family and close friends, was born on August 26, 1955, in Burbank, California to Michael and Patricia Arpaia. Joe is a beloved part of many lives and will be fondly remembered for his technical wisdom, humility and kindness. He was indeed the source of joy for his family and friends.
Joe began his life in Granada Hills, California. He graduated from Granada Hills High School in 1972. He was a brilliant student. After graduating high school, he went to California Institute of Technology (Cal-Tech), a top tier engineering school in the U.S., and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976.
In June 1997, Joe bought his first home in La Mirada. His next door neighbor was Sheryll’s sister, Myla who became good friends with Joe. When Sheryll and Joe met, it was love at first sight. On January 8, 2000 he married the love of his life, Rhona Sheryll Ballesteros in their home in La Mirada. It was a beautiful and very intimate wedding surrounded by their families and close friends.
Joe was employed as an Electrical Engineer for Boeing for many years, but before his untimely passing, he worked with L3 Communications Power Paragon in Anaheim, California.
He was an avid boxer in his early years and later an avid boxing fan of Pacquiao. He was blessed with a green thumb. He spent most of his weekends gardening and relaxing on their backyard pool. He also enjoyed reading, computers and spending time with his wife and children.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sheryll, his son, Joshua, 10 and step-daughters, Kristel, 24, Kazel,23, his only brother Dominic Arpaia, his niece Katie, 21, who now lives in Arizona and nephew Jake, 17.
He now joins his beloved parents, Michael Albert and Patricia Irene Arpaia, both preceded him in death.