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Arthur Peter Zottarelli
September 16, 1947 August 27, 2012

On February 23, 2013, there will be a party with Art’s family from California & Idaho and friends from all over. We want to share stories, share food and some drink. We chose Almond Blossom time as Art loved to be at the ranch during the bloom. We invite you to join us at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Clarke Marek at 1 P.M. They are just south of the family home on South Highway 99.  Please call (209) 239-1727 if you need more details.

Arthur Peter Zottarelli, 64 of Eagle, Idaho, was taken from us in an auto accident near his home on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was born to John and Lucille Zottarelli.

Art graduated from Manteca High School in 1965. Later that same year, he joined the US Air Force and proudly served until 1970.  He graduated from S.J. Delta College. He resided in Manteca from 1957 until moving to Vacaville in 1991, finally settling in Eagle, Idaho.

Art and his first wife, Ada Queirolo, owned and operated a crop dusting company at Stockton Airport. He was a commercial airline Captain for over 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Patricia Zottarelli.

Arthur is survived by his wife of twenty years, Rebecca Zottarelli of Eagle, Idaho, his daughters Amelia and husband JJ Ramirez of Manteca, Megan Zottarelli of Boise, Idaho and Ramey Zottarelli of Eagle, Idaho; his sons, Anthony and wife Megan Zottarelli of San Francisco and Matthew Read of Vacaville.  “Baka” will be missed by his three beautiful granddaughters, Jillian and Natalia Ramirez and Lucia Zottarelli; his sisters, Judy Marek and husband Clarke, Jo Ann Edward and husband Dan, all of Manteca; his mother-in-law, Iris Dean and his sister and brothers-in-law, Theresa and Steve Colwell, and Sheila and Rodney Olson. He will be loved and missed by multiple generations of nieces and nephews.

Art traveled around the world his entire life. He always found it fascinating to learn about other cultures and had friends all over the world. Art’s hobbies included fishing and restoring WWII vintage aircraft. He was a long time volunteer at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho which is run by his dear friends John and Sue Paul. He loved riding his Harley and taking drives in his old truck. He had a love for music of all kinds and was constantly singing. He was able to fix or build anything. Art and his Dad farmed grapes and almonds. They also built two airplanes together.

Art loved good food, a good drink, firing up his barbeque, and cooking spaghetti for his family and friends. Friends never left his table hungry.

Art looked forward to Sunday brunches with his Becky, going on vacations to the family cabin, and spending time with his granddaughters in California. Art had a knack for storytelling. He was such a warm hearted, kind, loving, and caring person. He remembered so much of his family history and loved sharing it with us all. He most loved being home with his family and friends. He cherished every moment he had with all of us. He is greatly missed.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, February 18, 2013