Arthur Joseph Castro, or Artie to family and friends, passed away on March 16, 2021 at approximately 1:06 am Provo, Utah. His cause of death was multiple organ failure.
Since his dad passed away a few years ago, Artie was survived by Delia Castro, his mom Deanna Navarro and Diana Kalamaha, his sisters, his brother Henry Castro and their families. Also left behind is his wife Sue Castro and his daughter Kasey Castro and his much loved nieces and nephews.
Art was 64 years old when he passed, born on February 8th, 1957 in San Diego, California. He was the oldest child of Arthur Epifano and Delia Castro. After living in the downtown area, close to his grandparents, Art's family moved to La Mesa, California.
HIs education took him through Rolando Elementary where he spent his mornings delivering papers for his paper route. While at Rolando, Art took part in the crossing guard program and was given the leadership position of captain. Next, he attended La Mesa Junior High which is now La Mesa arts Academy, and then on to Helix High School before it became a Charter school. While at Helix, Art made friends easily and excelled at several sports making him a triathlete. His four years at Helix were dedicated to competing in baseball, football, and basketball. Because of his passion for baseball, Art was planning on playing in college, but a coach change put a unique roadblock in his path.
After graduating from Helix, Art attended Grossmont College for a couple of years. It was around this time that he was introduced to volleyball an tennis, making more friends along the way.
Artie tried several jobs but worked longest with his dad and uncles in their plastering business. After lots of hard work he finally landed his dream job working for the city of San Diego Fire Department as a firefighter. Becoming a firefighter on January 28th, 1991 with academy 50, he achieved his lifelong goal. Artie loved fighting fires and getting to know the crews he worked with. After bouncing between stations as a probationary firefighter, Artie found a home at Station 31, and formed many strong friendships. Eventually Artie moved to the bureau, and after several years retired as a deputy Fire Marshall. He retired February 19th, 2016.
Through a mutual friend, Art met his wife Sue in Las Vegas at a volleyball tournament. Sparks flew and eventually they were married at Balboa Park. Soon their daughter Kasey came along and unquestionably changed their lives forever.
After his retirement, art had even more time to attend Kasey's tennis matches and softball gems. He continued coaching and enjoyed his time with the family.
Art had to take over mom and dad duty during Kasey's junior and seniors of high school, as Sue had to take care of her mom in Utah. With only a short visits back a nd forth, he had to be strong and was a great support for everyone.
The family eventually moved to Utah after Kasey's graduation in 2020. Although Artie would have loved to see Kasey play ball in college, he supported her choice of attending Brigham Young University (BYU). The family was back together again and Kasey was close enough that she could visit on weekends. What a happy time! We were expecting a much better year in 2021.
Shortly after the move, Artie was unexpectedly hospitalized and never returned home. He was diagnosed with multiple organ failure. There was no coming back from that. With his wife and daughter by his side, Art Castro took his last breath at 1:06 am on March 16th, 2021. He touched so many lives and will be missed by all.
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