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  • 46 years old
  • Born on December 2, 1968 in San Jose, California, United States.
  • Passed away on December 23, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.

This website was created in memory of our amazing husband, father, brother and friend, Craig Arroyo.  

Craig was born on December 2, 1968 and passed away on December 23, 2014. We will carry his spirit and excitement for life with us forever.  

Use this site to remember Craig and his adventures through life--share your stories, pictures and memories with everyone who loves him. 

Friends have set up a fund to help the Arroyo family. Please consider donating to the Arroyo Family Fund.

Many people have asked for a copy of the eulogy that Craig's brother, Chris, delivered at his services, so we decided to share it on this site. It is in the "His Life" tab.   

Update 1-27-15: Thanks to Charles Gabaldon, we now have a recording of Chris delivering the eulogy at Craig's service. The recording is located in the "Gallery" tab under "audio." 

Posted by Joseph Santiago on 23rd December 2016
Craig was truly one of my favorite friends of all time. He was always happy to see everyone! I don't think he ever had a bad day. My memories from my short time at NMSU are of Craig (Jimmy) and all the Valley gang and will be with me forever! Miss you buddy. Joe Santiago
Posted by Monica Blaschke on 20th January 2015
May the GRACE and PEACE of our Lord cover you and your Family as you mourn the loss of Father and Son.
Posted by Diana Vuchetich on 19th January 2015
Lee, all the family, I cannot imagine the pain of losing your sweet son, and now...your beloved Rocky. My heart aches for you. It's hard to imagine you without Rocky. You were a wonderful wife and mother and I pray for you every day, that you and your family may find some peace.
Posted by Amy Maestas on 3rd January 2015
Please know that a day has not gone by without thinking of you Martha, Jordan, Jeremy and Arroyo family. We have been out of town since 12/25 and returned home today. Our hearts remain heavy with the loss of Craig. Reading through the tributes and Chris' Eulogy make it clear that Craig was loved by so many...what a wonderful measure of a man. You all remain in our prayers. May God Bless you. Amy & Dan Maestas
Posted by Ashaire Beal on 31st December 2014
We only knew Craig a few years meeting him after my brother Shawn Novick moved into his neighborhood. When ever he was around it was good times for sure! He always made us laugh so hard. He always included our kiddos in what ever he could. I hope that Martha and her boys will make it through this hard time. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Craig will be missed dearly. God bless you all, Ash Beal
Posted by Kathryn Pridgen on 31st December 2014
Craig you will be missed dearly. I will always remember you coming 4-wheeling with my Uncle Shawn, mom, dad, and little brother, it was awesome. You always made sure that me & Mikey were included when riding the 4 wheelers and the 3 wheeler. I'm sending prayers to your family, we will miss you Craig. Rest in paradise.
Posted by Lourdes Cabrera on 31st December 2014
So sorry for your great loss, we met Craig when he was still in pre school, we lived next door to his family. Our children were the same age as Craig and Chris and I remember that many times they were dressed with very similar or even the same outfits, they even had chicken pox at the same time. May he rest in peace, prayers to the family.
Posted by Sylvia Tellez on 31st December 2014
My husband,David and I met Craig at my 10 year class reunion,I went to school with Martha. We had such a great time hanging out we felt like we had known him for years.He was funny and witty.Then we celebrated New Years together ,from 1999 going into 2000.We had so much fun at that party wondering if all our computers would crash.lol He was full of life and it was a pleasure meeting him.To Martha my old friend from school, i so so sorry for your loss my heart was broken to hear the news.And to Craigs family my deepest condolences and sympathies,and i will say prayers for all of you.
Posted by Bobby Martinez on 31st December 2014
RIP my friend. You will be missed. Prayers to all the family......
Posted by Bobby Martinez on 31st December 2014
RIP Craig. You will be missed. Prayers to all the family....
Posted by Bobby Martinez on 31st December 2014
RIP my friend. Still can't believe your not here, but know your in a better place. Prayers for Craig and all of his family.....
Posted by Tony Vasquez on 31st December 2014
I met Craig in the year 2000 and became immediate friends. His smile and love for life were very contagious. I started working at Arroyo Mortgage with him, Rocky, and of course Mama Lee. They always treated me like family. Like I was another one of the Arroyos. I had a home away from home. My parents were especially appreciative of this. My heart hurts so bad for all of the family. You are all such wonderful people and I will never forget how you helped me keep a righteous path in life. Craig, you will always be my brother. In my eyes and in God's. I will miss you dearly. Tony Vasquez
Posted by Carlos Sandoval on 30th December 2014
I met Craig in the Mortgage Business in 2002. He, Rocky and Lee were always ready to help in the business and get the job done quickly. My Deepest Sympathy go to the "Arroyo Family" for the loss of such a wonderful family member. I pray that God, our Heavenly Father, will bless you with the Physical, Mental and Spiritual strength to carry you through this most difficult time. Carlos Sandoval
Posted by Anntherese Jaramillo on 30th December 2014
I met Craig at a few family gatherings. His smile was contagious. A great personality. You will be missed. Anntherese jaramillo
Posted by Marcus Saavedra on 29th December 2014
To Craig's family, I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss. I had seen the stories in the media and from that figured he was gonna make it. Craig has always had that infectious smile and that hugely happy fun loving spirit that always wanted the most out of life. My mom always loved Craig and remembers him for that charming smile that any mother could love, yet he had that devilsh grin that made you know his mind was conjuring up something. Craig, you left us far too early!! Your spirit lives on as it has always been larger than life itself. -Marcus Saavedra Valley High Class of 1986
Posted by Diego Sedillo on 29th December 2014
Our family will be praying for Craig's family well into 2015 for peace and healing. Craig is in a better place. I lost my brother this year and he knew Craig as well. They both passed at 46 years of age. We grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school together. I know they are both in Heaven now hoping we all heal for their loss. Our prayers are with the Arroyo family.
Posted by Kimberly Sammons on 29th December 2014
Craig was probably the most positive person I had ever known, he was definitely the nicest. He will always be known for his wonderful personality and that never ending smile. Mt heart goes out to his wife and kids. God bless you all!
Posted by Alicia Gurule on 29th December 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.
Posted by Renay Moya on 29th December 2014
Our condolences Martha to you and your beautiful family. Craig was taken way to soon . My heart breaks for you all . God bless you , our prayers are with you. Renay & Gil
Posted by Lisa Torres Cogburn on 28th December 2014
I will always remember Craig from Valley High School along with his brother Chris. He was always the nicest person ever. His contagious smile and laugh always brought happiness to those around him. He will greatly be missed. To his beloved family I pray for your strength during this difficult time. May the Lord hold each of you close, God Bless you always! Lisa Torres Cogburn and Family
Posted by Adam Gonzalez on 28th December 2014
Peace I leave with you, May peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 Great child hood memories.
Posted by Nicole Trotter on 28th December 2014
Craig and Martha, Jordan and Jeremy were our neighbors for almost 10years. Two things I will always remember 1. Craig ALWAYS had a smile on his face. 2. Craig was ALWAYS available to help. Our hearts break especially because Craig was way too young, yet our hearts rest knowing Craig was a believer....and we are confident, because of his many good deeds here on earth, he has earned his crown in heaven. My love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. There is a new angel in heaven watching over you Martha, Jordan & Jeremy <3
Posted by Sean Kynor on 28th December 2014
I am truly saddened to hear of the passing of Craig. I went to school with Craig since 6th grade at Garfield. In the 7 years of schooling and the handful of times I saw Craig after graduation I can never remember a time when he did not have a smile on his face and joy in his heart. That smile and joy was infectious and you always came away from Craig a little happier and feeling a little bit better about yourself. He was truly a friend to all. You will be missed my friend, RIP.
Posted by Joe Santiago on 28th December 2014
When I got to New Mexico State in the Fall of 1987, one of the first guys I met, through mutual friends, was Craig Arroyo. Quite simply one of the greatest guys I ever met and was lucky to be friends with. Craig, my college days at NMSU are unforgettable because of you. I'm sad that you are gone. Your spirit will live on my friend. My nickname for you was Jimmy. Only a few people will know why. Rest in peace. You are loved by many. That is the greatest legacy that you can leave.
Posted by Brad Rice on 28th December 2014
God bless you Craig! You always made me laugh and I always enjoyed good times with you. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Terri Wood on 27th December 2014
We remember Craig so fondly. He was our son, Zach’s, first soccer coach. Zach and Jordan played on the same team when they were 5 years old. We remember Craig’s kindness and how he made soccer fun for the boys. He had a lasting impact on so many. We send our deepest sympathies. --The Wood's--Steve, Terri, Kyle, and Zach
Posted by Cynthia Jaramillo on 27th December 2014
I will always cherish the memories of a kind, energetic, free-spirited guy, always ready to have fun and share a laugh....you will be missed... Cynthia Jaramillo Valley High School, Class of 1986
Posted by Rose Martinez on 27th December 2014
I met Craig when he worked Arroyo Mortgage with his parents. He always had a smile when I would drop something for Dave. And he always had something funny to say about Dave. He had a wonderful personality, he was a great person. Craig will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved him. I'm sorry for your loss to all the Arroyo family. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Jack Torres on 27th December 2014
It saddens us greatly to hear of Craig’s passing. Mr. and Mrs. Arroyo, Martha, Jordan and Jeremy our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all.
Posted by Yvette Johnson on 27th December 2014
Your smile and joy was always infectious. Thank you for sharing that with the world. My prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. May they find peace.
Posted by Yvette Salazar-Aubert on 27th December 2014
So sorry to hear about this I will always remember Craig's wonderful smile and personality, I knew him since Garfield and Valley. Heaven just gained another angel. Prayer's to all his family
Posted by Ruben Benavidez on 27th December 2014
I'm sorry you're gone and sad that I didn't get to say goodbye. I am however extremely happy that you were part of my life and will forever keep with me the memories of your uplifting personality. My condolences to the Arroyo family. Craig will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Posted by Steve Komadina on 27th December 2014
Martha, Jordan and Jeremy and all the Arroyo family, Life is so precious that we need to live each day to its fullest. That is what you have done and now memories will be sustaining as you mourn the loss of Craig. He was a good man and a great Dad. We can honor his memory by trying to emulate his spirit and dedication to family and friends. He was truly a good man.
Posted by Jennifer Christiansen on 27th December 2014
Craig was full of fun, joy, love and life. His legacy is his family...who he adored. He was everyone's best friend, because that is how he made us all feel. HIs friendship lasted through the years and extended into my husband and family. He was loyal and non judgmental. He was happy and kind. I will cherish the laughs and the memories. I am so grateful he was a part of my life. I am so sorry Martha, Jordan and Jeremy and the Arroyo family. I pray that the Savior's love and comfort will surround you and bring peace. Love, Jen
Posted by Maria Cordova on 27th December 2014
Craig, this news saddens me. I want to say thank you for being such a friendly, fun loving person to be around in school and in the mortgage industry. I enjoyed coming in to visit with you and your parents at Arroyo Mortgage. Your bright smile will be missed, but never forgotten. Rocky and Lee and all the Arroyo family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Doug Case on 26th December 2014
I can't believe your gone so young. Our days as kids growing up together, trips and sleep overs with the Roadrunners at Old Town Boys Club or at your house with brother Chris... This last week has brought back so many memories I had forgotten about. Thanks for being a friend for so many years. See you soon brother. God Bless the Arroyo family. Doug Case
Posted by Augustine Cde Baca on 26th December 2014
To my good friend Craig thru our Cochiti. Garfield and Valley years,From Catechism to getting confirmed,Your called early my friend and will never be forgotten...Rest in peace my friend..
Posted by Caroline Kistin on 26th December 2014
A vibrant life, filled with love. So lucky to have known you, Craig. My heart is with you, Arroyos.
Posted by John Petrig on 26th December 2014
Craig Arroyo, my dear friend since the 2nd grade. This hardly seems possible. You leave us way too soon Craiger. I dont have many childhood memories your not in buddy, but I always have a HUGE smile on my face when I think of my man Craig. Mr & Mrs Arroyo, Martha and the boys, Chris, and Stephany you all have my deepest condolences. - John Petrig
Posted by Jeff Jones on 26th December 2014
I miss you Craig!! See you in big beyond my brother. Love Jeff

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