David Arrieta of Webster, Texas passed away on February 8, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. David was born April 26, 1945, in Socorro, Texas.
He was a proud graduate of Ysleta High School, class of ‘63. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering. Later in his career he earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Upon graduating from U.T. El Paso, he joined General Dynamics in Fort Worth where he became a design engineer. David served as a United States Naval Officer with duties in Vietnam. Upon completion of his service, he was employed by Chevron in San Francisco where he worked for seventeen years. In 1990 Dave left Chevron to start his own successful consulting firm, DNA Associates based in Sacramento, California. David retired from DNA Associates in 2014. For forty years he called San Ramon, California his home and retired to Texas to be close to his extended family. He was dedicated to family, friends and his beloved grandchildren Alexander and Sebastian.
Dave had a lifelong love affair with Spain which began in 1976 when he moved his family to Vigo for an overseas assignment. Upon his retirement he and his wife restored a 350-year-old farmhouse. They spent summers at the home enjoying the countryside with close friends and family. Dave was known for his positive attitude in life and his willingness to be a friend to all.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, Luisa and Natividad Arrieta. He is survived by his wife of 54 wonderful years, Sandy and his son Neil Arrieta, grandsons Alexander Arrieta and Sebastian Romero, sisters Ida Morales and Rebecca Chacon, his brothers, Natividad, Jaime and Leovijildo, and many nieces and nephew who loved and admired him and will miss him dearly. His sense of humor will be missed by his in-laws, and he really did eat the last enchilada.
A Funeral Mass will be held at the Socorro Mission, 328 S. Nevarez Road, Socorro, Texas on Friday March 4, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.