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IN MEMORIAM Julio R. Arias 1963 - 2018 Associate Director and Stewardship Coordinator for Planned Giving and Trust Services
Rocky Mountain Conference mourns the loss of a man whose dedication to the church, its stewardship, and its people was exemplary. He left a void in the ministry of Seventh-day Adventism.
Julio passed away on April 23 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where he had been admitted for a minor infection. During his stay, he suffered cardiac arrest. He was an organ donor.
Born December 20, 1963, in Puerto Rico, he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Centenary College in New Jersey and his Master's degree in Christian Education from Anderson Theological Seminary in Georgia. He worked in IT and multimedia before becoming a teacher, most recently at Columbine Christian School in Glenwood Springs. He joined the Rocky Mountain Conference staff in March 2016 and served as field representative, stewardship coordinator and associate director of RMC Planned Giving and Trust Services.
"Julio will be deeply missed," expressed Ed Barnett, RMC president. "He always had a sweet spirit about him. It was obvious that he loved Jesus and longed for His soon coming. Nancy and the rest of their family will continue to be in our prayers."
In the RMC office, he left both colleagues and friends. His infectious smile and endearing personality will be remembered.
"For many people, Julio was the face of our department, presenting the possibilities of planning for our days on earth and expressing gratitude to God through giving," shared Doug Inglish, RMC Planned Giving and Trust Services Director. "His passion for the mission of the church was infectious, and we treasured his friendship. We feel more keenly our longing for reunion as our department struggles to carry on our mission without his unique gifts."
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Aizprua-Arias, a teacher at Mason Christian Academy in Cheyenne; daughter Janeen Aizprua-Arias; son J. I. Aizprua-Arias; mother Rosa Capdeville Arias; father Julio Arias; sister Rosa Arias-Burns; brothers Patrick Arias and Joshua Arias; nieces Stephanie Buendia, Rebeca Buendia, Katherine Arias, Kayla Lazaro; nephews Izhar Buendia, Patrick Arias, Jair Lazaro, Jimmy Lazaro, Ariel Lazaro; sisters-in-law Carmenza Arias, Ita Aizprua Buendia, Eva Lazaro, Mabel Mero, Aklys Aizprua, Mary Sheppard, Irma Aizprua Marsical; and brothers-in-law Joel Aizprua and Robinson Aizprua.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Cheyenne Church, 723 Storey Blvd., Cheyenne, Wyoming. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.
Cards for Nancy and other family can be sent to 6353 Osage Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Nancy would like to express her deepest appreciation for everything done during this devastating loss. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Mason Christian Academy.