Maximo Arzu

Surrounded by his loving family, Maximo Arzu passed away on January 29, 2021 at his residence in Moreno Valley, California. He died of heart failure, age 90. Maximo was born in September 1930 in Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize to his late parents, Marcelino and Cypriana Arzu. Max Arzu graduated from St. John’s College and taught at primary and secondary levels in Belize before migrating to the U.S. Max joined USAF in December 1958, rising to the highest rank achievable by a non-commissioned officer Chief Master Sergeant. After 27 years of service, in June 1985, Max retired with honors including Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Max received multiple awards for his service to homeless veterans and their families while working for Riverside County. He was also recognized by the Blood Bank for donating nearly 50 gallons over decades. Max volunteered as a suicide prevention counselor, while taking postgraduate psychology courses. Max was a leader in the ministry of Catholics of African descent. For years at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Max coordinated the Annual Diocesan Appeal and volunteered at the golf fundraiser. He was a founding member of St. Christopher’s Divine Mercy prayer group, Diocesan Development Chairman and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Max took responsibility to open the church in the morning for daily prayers and services, and assisted regularly at Sunday mass. Max is survived by his loving wife Helen F. Arzu, children: Aloma Arzu, Angela Arzu, Pauline (Egbert) Higinio, Aynn Arzu, Allan Arzu (Celina), and Anthony Arzu (Crystal). He is also survived by seven amazing grandchildren, and his sister Alicia. Max will also be forever remembered by his closely held and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Max was predeceased by his brothers Cecil and Tom and sister Ramona, and Peter, Inez and Erminia. Max was a wonderful man who will be deeply missed. Kemo, strong to the end.

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