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Pete Arias of Santa Maria leaves us at the age of 93 [April 1, 2013].

Sergeant Major Pete Arias was a war hero to most. He served our country as a proud Marine for 25 years. He had many accomplishments during his service. To name a few: He survived WW II, Korean, & Vietnam wars. He was a very strong and courageous man. To me, he was my personal hero. He was an awesome Dad. I have many great memories with him growing up that I will cherish forever!

He will be missed immensely! I love you Dad!! Love your daughter, Caritina


Pete joined the Marines at the beginning of WWII, serving as a Carlson Raider after an interview with Pres. Franklin Roosevelt. They went “Gung Ho.” He was injured in Iwo Jima. His story was celebrated in the mini-series “The War.” After campaigns to Japan, Korea and two trips to Vietnam, he retired as a Marine. Multiple medals were awarded to him as well as 3 Purple Hearts. He then worked for many years with Caltrans but was still a Marine at heart. What an amazing man.

He is survived by his wife Doris, brothers Bill, Ed and Raymond, sisters Rosie and Cha, daughter Caritina, s-daughters Doris and Lola, sisters Geneiva, Connie & Elizabeth & brother Tony, as well as many grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by brother Robert, sisters Mable and Lupe.

Services will be held at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary chapel at 1 pm on Thursday April 11, 2013 with reception to follow at his home in Santa Maria.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.