Mead Mortuary


John Arthur Rodriguez

December 23, 1942December 17, 2020

John “Artie” Rodriguez

December 23, 1942 Needles, CA - December 17, 2020 Barstow, CA

Throughout his life Artie valued all the incredible gifts God had given him; a loving mother and a father who blessed him with brothers and sisters who always protected him, as he would do the same for them. He had a beautiful wife Cecilia whom he adored more than anything in this world. Together they were able to create an unimaginable life filled with lots of love and happiness. She gifted him with five children; Tisha, Artie Jr, Bernadette, Angelo and Darla, all of who he was so proud. Together they raised them upon good values and everlasting love. Then his children gifted him with 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, he loved each and every one dearly. He had given each a unique nickname and he shared a special connection with us. We loved, understood and appreciated every moment we spent with him.

Artie truly valued the love of his friends and family, there was nothing that fulfilled him more than knowing he did everything he could, to help a loved one who needed him most. A truly selfless man that would never miss a birthday, award ceremony, practice, game or graduations. He made us feel safe and everyone who got to met him, loved him. A man who appreciated all the simple things in life whether it was sharing a cup of coffee with his friends, sitting out on the porch with his family or sharing a beer on the golf course with his boys.

No matter what he had planned for the day each night was the same. He loved coming home for a relaxing night with his loving wife to eat the good food she had prepared for him, while watching their favorite shows and movies together. Each night holding each other tight, they sealed every night with love and a kiss. If there’s anything we know for sure is that Artie took pride in who he was, what he owned and in who he loved. He never hesitated to express how important we are to one another and that we can never allow anything to come in-between this love. We know God works in mysterious ways, but through these ways we are able to find strength and peace with the help of our loved ones. One thing to be true is God shows us how much he loves us through those he gifts us with on earth, until we meet again may we always remember who John “Artie” Rodriguez is and what he stands for.

Artie is proceeded in death by his Father Pedro, Mother Anna Louisa, Siblings George Aguilar, Pete Rodriguez Jr, Armando “Sonny”. Rodriguez, Loise Luna, Grandson Angelo James Rodriguez Jr and Granddaughter Baby Ann Wells.

Artie is survived by his Wife Cecilia their 5 Children: Tisha, Artie Jr, Bernadette, Angelo(Monica) and Darla(Daniel). Thirteen Grandchildren Ben and Derek Roman, Sara, Lisa and Alex Rodriguez, Brenda Totten and Briana Rodriguez, Marissa, Angelica and Gabrielle Rodriguez, Mia, Hailey and Chloe Wells and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rodriguez family.


  • Rosary

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Commitial Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


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Patty and Jesse Ramirez

January 16, 2021

I will always have the memories of Artie at the Soccer games of Darla and my girls. We would sit on the benches all together and cheer the girls on and now with our grandkids picking them up from Montara school. Artie would be the first one there and back up his truck and I would back up my truck next to him and we would visit. He always teased me about being able to back my big truck up. He would act like I was going to run into him. 😊 Last year Jesse and I meet Artie and Cecilia at Costco and talked over a hour. Always good conversations with both of them. Artie you will be missed by a lot of people here. 💔 But no goodbye only see you later. Our condolences to Cecilia and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing such a loving man with us all. RIP Artie. Fly with the Angels. 💜🙏🙏

Angelica Rodriguez

January 16, 2021

I just wish I could kiss and hug you like this a million more times and feel your beard brush up against my face. You’re hugs were my favorite. I have so many beautiful memories with you and so do my girls, I’ll cherish them all forever. You always told me how proud of me you were but especially when I was senior class president because I gave a speech at graduation but I don’t think you knew I was ten times more proud that I was YOUR granddaughter. You are my best friend, my superhero, and no one in this world compared to you grandpa. I’ll never forget when I was in elementary school at your retirement party I seen a plaque with your picture saying “World’s Greatest Boss” and I was so amazed because there’s so many people in the world. Well the next day I went to school and I told all my friends that MY grandpa was the worlds greatest boss and telling them about how you were the BEST! I miss your popcorn, I miss Me Luke & the girls going over having dinner with you and grandma, l miss passing you on rimrock, I could still see you standing on the sidelines at my soccer games, coming to the gate to talk to me at my softball games, I miss you pinching my stomach asking if I had an inch, I miss you sitting in your chair and you and Willow playing together, I miss you saying “be cool Ang” I miss seeing you and grandma so happy together, I miss it all grandpa. When I was younger we were always together and you told me we had a triple bond and we would hit our chest three times then pound it. I always told you I’d see you later or I’d call you... this later is a lot longer than I prayed for. I promise I’ll never give up just like you. I love you with all my heart grandpa. Triple bond forever.
Love, Anger 🤍

Sara Rodriguez

January 16, 2021


Thank you for the life and loving family that you and Grandma have given to us all. You really taught us all the meaning of family and how important it is to be there for one another, no matter what. The memories I have of you and all of our family together is what makes my heart feel a little less broken. I can hear you saying “oh Lu!” as a response to me doing or saying something silly. Or that open mouth face you would give me from across the room and how excited you would get when I would do it back to you. Your smile and infectious laugh will stay with me forever. You were the coolest of the cool and I am very grateful to be your granddaughter.

Darla Rodriguez

January 16, 2021

A million memories. I loved having coffee on Saturday mornings. I loved how you drew me maps in the dirt with your cane. I loved how you picked up my girls from school and told them they had to eat lizards and sardines for lunch. The face you made when you ate your favorite vanilla ice cream. When we would fight over the last biscochito and I would squeeze your shoulders. How you would always show up just to check on me. You never missed a soccer or softball game and you always ate the girls halftime oranges and asked me if I packed sandwiches, even though we would only be there for an hour. I could go on and on...💔

brenda totten

January 15, 2021

My Grandpa is an amazing person there is truly no one like him. I'm so grateful to have shared so many wonderful memories with him I love when we would gamble together in Laughlin he was so superstitious but we would always win 😊. Every time I would see him he would say how does my beard look I would trim it just a little and it would make him happy. I will miss him deeply I'm so glad I have all these memories I will hold in my heart forever I love you grandpa.

Kathy Hernandez

January 15, 2021

My late husband and I knew Arti for a long time .They always teased each other! He was well known as a man with a big heart! He will be missed. !May he Rest In Peace ❤️My condolences to his beautiful family ❤️🙏

Briana Rodriguez

January 15, 2021

So many memories with you Grandpa but I’m especially going to miss walking into the house with all of my bags. We would look at each other and just start laughing even before we hugged and said hi. He would always ask me how long I was staying and if I packed the whole house! I would love just hanging out with him and my grandma ever since I was little and never wanted to leave. But when it was time to go he would always ask me when I was coming back and for me to stay. You and grandma always took care of me and helped me with whatever needed. I want to thank you for raising me to be the person I am today.

Gilbert Lucero

January 15, 2021

A good man has gone home, Rest In Peace my friend and brother in law. 🙏

Lola Kirk

January 15, 2021

I met Artie when I was 18 nearly 40 years ago. From that moment I’ve only ever known him to be a kind and caring man. Always with a smile and asking how you were doing. What a testimony to his life with his family values. A tremendous loss to his family but also a gift to have had such a loving father and grandfather. My condolences to Artie’s family and wife Cecilia.

Katrina Ortega

January 15, 2021

You had so much love in your heart for your family and friends! Joyful and funny is how I’ll always remember you! Thank you for teaching us to do everything in love, you will be dearly missed.

Rest In Peace Grandpa Artie