Arturo Santiago Perez

arturo santiago perez
Arturo Santiago Perez, also known as Arthur to his family and as Art to his friends, passed away from a short battle with cancer surrounded by loved ones at Sanford Hospital on April 22nd, 2021 at the age of 66. The son of Paul Sr. and Otilia Perez, Arturo was born on March 7th, 1955. He attended his school years in Fargo and completed the carpentry program at Moorhead Technical College. He married Jill Burgess on June 13th, 1980. They spent the first few years of their marriage in Colorado. Arturo loved spending his time in nature and the mountains. They moved back to Fargo to be closer to family and raise their two daughters, Emily and Laura. Before his retirement in November of 2019, Arturo took pride in serving the community of Fargo while working with the Solid Waste Division for over 30 years. Arturo was preceded in death by his father Paul Perez Sr. and his mother Otilia Perez. Arturo is survived by his wife Jill Perez; his daughters Emily Johnson of Wyandotte, Michigan and Laura (Christopher) Klie of Grafton, North Dakota. He was recently blessed with his first grandchild, Greta Klie. Brothers; Paul Jr. (Paula) Perez, Carlos (Kelly) Perez; Sister; Alicia (Gary) Myer; along with many loved in-laws, nieces and nephews. His family and friends will remember him for his goofy personality and the way he hugged them with sarcasm. A private family gathering to celebrate Arturo’s life will be held at a later date. Should you wish to honor his memory, a recommendation would be to donate to the American Cancer Society or the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. I’ll always remember him with that big smile on his face and always joking around…my heart goes out to all of you…Jill, Emily and Laura…love you guys ❤❤❤

  2. Jill, Emily, Laura & Art’s family,
    I am so sorry to hear that Art ( Paco) passed away. He was my other brother growing up when Rocky, Art & Miles Oden were buddies. I will miss his little jabs at me.
    Hugs & prayers 🙏
    Pam ( Jordahl) & Rick Lewis

  3. Paco and My brother, Rock and Miles are all together !!
    I lived in Colorado when they did.May,Many memories!!
    Paco was my brothers” star in” when Rock was in the Navy. Paco attended all our family functions in his place. He will be greatly missed!
    Prayers and Blessing you!!

  4. Oh Jill and family! I am so sorry to hear about Paco passing. He was a part of our family in a way that was so endearing. His sense of humor could keep us laughing and his tenderness in tough situations was such a blessing. He was free with his hugs and we are happy he is now pain free…. and i picture him hugging Mom, Rock, and Dad in heaven… right after Jesus! May God give you the peace and comfort you need while you navigate the rest of your journey. God bless you all.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear of Arturo’s passing. He was a kind, gentle soul. Peace and comfort to all that loved and cared for him.

  6. I lived on 16 /12 street near the Perez family, we would refer to Art as Paco, such a nice guy. Rest In Peace ❤️
    Tammy Iverson-Hansen
    Somers, Mt

  7. We are so sorry to hear of Art {Paco}s passing. He was good man and a very good friend with many happy memories. His laugh and sense of humor will be missed dearly. Prayers to family and friends.

  8. Art was one of my favorite city employees. Always greeted citizens with a smile and a willingness to help them. A hard worker and respected by his fellow employees. Rest In Peace Arturo. My condolences to his family. His spirit will be with you forever.

  9. Sorry for your loss. I liked Arturo, every time I’d see him we would chat for awhile. He’s going to be missed. Peace be with you all.

  10. Arturo and I went to South High school together.He was always easy going and quick with a smile. Prayers and hugs to family and friends.RIP Arturo.

  11. Jill, Emily and Laura—I am so very sorry about the loss of Art. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  12. Art was one of the best city employees I had the privilege of working with over the years. Always smiling, pleasant to all his customers- the citizens and business owners in Fargo. My condolences to his family. May his spirit stay with you forever. Rest In Peace Arturo.

  13. Art was a great friend to me. Enjoyed going over to his house and having his moms Mexican suppers at night. They were the best. Arturo was a very good artist in school as well. He will be missed. Condolences to the family and good bless.

  14. Arturo was such a kind soul with a huge smile. I will not forget when he showed up for social night at 1 class reunion and everyone cheered n he lit up smiled from ear to ear. RIP Arturo the Lord received a beautiful angel prayers to your entire family. God Bless u all.

  15. Peace be with you& your family Jill. All us Jordahl’s will really miss Art (Paco) . Taken to young. I hope my mom & Rocky greeted him along with his parents. Rest in peace, our stand in brother Art.

    Kathi & Dan Trottier

  16. Carlos and Kelly,
    I was so sorry to hear of Arturo’s passing. We pray that you take comfort in family and the good memories.
    God Bless!

  17. Jill, I am so sorry for your loss! I have many funny memories of him and his laugh was awesome! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Sorry to hear about Art passing , Always a smile and and a friendly jab to get a smile from you , nice man , Thoughts and prays to family

  19. My sympathy to Jill, and Emily, Laura and other family members. Enjoyed his sense of humor! Rest in peace, God’s peace and comfort to his family as well.

  20. Dearest Jill, Emily, Laura and family,

    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all right now as words can never reach how deep this loss must mean to you. May the light of every new day bring you sweet memories – and the promise of how his love will never leaves you, but felt in ways when you least expect it.

  21. So Sorry to just find out. What a great man, I will not forget the times we had both in construction and in going to local clubs and socializing with the bands. My heart goes out to the family and the loss that they have suffered. God Bless and be with you all

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