Ruben Jaramillo, lovingly known as "Boo Boo," of Safford, Arizona, passed away on July 6, 2023, at the age of 71. Born on August 18, 1951, in Morenci, Arizona, Ruben lived a life marked by profound love for family, a tireless work ethic, and a humble spirit that endeared him to many. A reliable and hardworking man, Ruben began working as a young boy picking cotton in the cotton fields to help support his family. After serving his country in the Army, he worked for Phelps Dodge until 1983, when he moved his family to Safford. After working for the railroad (Southern Pacific), Ruben found a job he loved at the Arizona Department of Transportation. In 2013, after 25 years of dedicated service, he decided it was time to retire so he could spend more time with his family. He was a funny and warm-hearted individual, known for his unique sense of humor that could bring a smile to anyone's face.
Ruben was a dedicated family man, treasuring the moments spent with his loved ones. His wife, Alicia, was his rock and best friend, their bond forged over a marriage of nearly five decades since August 21, 1975. Ruben found joy in his three sons, Ruben (Carmen), Chris (Kristyn), and Eric (Jessica). Ruben's love for his family extended to his grandchildren, Jayda, Jacob, Jaxson, Colette, Rocco, Salvatore, Elise, and Estella, who were the lights of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Severa Jaramillo, and his siblings, Asenscion, Amelia, Jesus, Susanna, Julia, Dolores, Manuel, Ramon, and Edwardo. Ruben is survived by his two brothers Thomas and Robert.
Ruben's passion for life was evident in his hobbies, which included hunting and fishing. He was known for his humility and kindness, traits which he passed on to his sons. His strength and resilience were the pillars of his family and will continue to inspire them. As the American author, Mark Twain once said, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Ruben not only got started, but he also taught those around him the value of hard work and determination, leaving behind a legacy that will live on through the generations.
We invite you to leave your memories and upload photos of Ruben on his memorial page. Your contributions will serve as a comforting reminder of the wonderful life he lived and the many hearts he touched. His life was a testament to the adage, "The love of a family is life's greatest blessing," and we honor his memory by celebrating the love and laughter he brought into our lives.