Arthur "Art" M. Morales

November 6, 1944February 1, 2019
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On Friday, February 1, 2019 Retired Officer Arthur M. Morales "Art" #2367, passed away at his home at the age of 74.

He was born November 6, 1944 in Glendale, Arizona to the late Jose Morales and Amelia Villarreal. Art attended Glendale High School where their mascot is the Cardinals which led to his love for the Arizona Cardinals football team.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in the Air Calvary. After his time in the Army, Art joined the Phoenix Police Department on June 19, 1972 and retired on July 31, 2004 after 32 years of service. During his career with the Phoenix Police Department, Officer Morales was assigned to Patrol Bureau, was an Undercover Officer with Drug Enforcement Bureau, and a Detective with Robbery General Investigations Bureau. He served his last 5 years as a School Resource Officer for Desert Horizon Elementary School. During his time Officer Morales received several lifesaving medals including one for saving the life of a child from a near drowning and he resuscitated another child who had stopped breathing. After he retired he spent his time taking care of his grandchildren. Art loved to go fishing with family and friends at Hawley Lake in McNary, Arizona. He enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Laughlin. Above all Art loved making memories, listening to music while singing and dancing with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Stella Morales, two daughters Michelle (Terry) Dupont & Lisa (Justin) Martinez, six siblings Alex Morales, Joe Morales, Tony Morales, Anastacio “Tachito” Villarreal, Virginia Rivera & Michael Villarreal and four grandchildren Christopher Dupont, Teresa Dupont, Kailey Morales & Jaytin Martinez.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Betty Rodriguez.

Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing and services on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 1:30PM - 3PM at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. Funeral services will begin at 3PM. Reception immediately following at Glendale Woman's Club, 7032 N. 56th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Officer Art Morales is a strong man who has impacted many lives; may his strength and courage live within our hearts.

Out of respect for the immediate family we ask if you please hold all socializing in the lobby not the chapel.


  • Viewing Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019