Alfonso "Poncho" Aranda

February 28, 1937April 11, 2021

Alfonso Isidro Aranda a military veteran, proud and loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather went into eternal rest on April 11, 2021. At the age of 84, in San Antonio, Tx surrounded by his family. Alfonso was born on February 28, 1937 to Pedro Aranda and Sara Escobedo in Mexico City, Mexico. He grew up in San Antonio, and was a 1955 graduate of Fox Tech High School. Alfonso was known by his family and loved ones, as “ Poncho”. He will be remembered especially for his winning personality, original wit, great sense of humor and generous nature. He made friends wherever he went.

Alfonso proudly enlisted in the United States Army, spent time overseas and fighting in the Korean War. He returned to San Antonio for a short time, where he met and married Adela Orosco In 1964. They shared 38 yrs together and had three children and numerous life adventures. After serving 24 yrs. In the U.S. Army, he retired and found his next career path in drafting and surveying.

Alfonso belonged to several organizations: VFW, American Legion, Knights Of Columbus, Masons, Ft Sam MSD Honor Guard, Directors Staff for DAV, and a long time member of the Alzafar Shrine. Alfonso eventually served as the President of the Alzafar Shrine Honor Guard and Commander of the Color Guard.

When he wasn’t volunteering his time to honoring others, he loved traveling, listening to music and barbecuing with friends and family. His family was truly his greatest joy.

Alfonso is survived by his loving children, daughter Monica Lesley and husband Lewis, daughter Veronica Aranda and son Alfonso G. Aranda and wife Garrie. Three granddaughters, Jessica Faleafine and husband David, Felicia Fly and husband Robert, and Madison Aranda. Five great grandchildren: Josiah, Jordyn, Jonah and Jakob Faleafine, and Sage Isidro Fly. One brother, Armando Rocky Aranda, and numerous nieces and nephews and fraternal Brothers. And he leaves behind his girlfriend of 19 yrs. Mary Herrera and her family.

To Mary and family, Thank You for caring for our dad and welcoming him to your family and being a big part of his life as well, he loved you all. He was preceded in death by, his wife Adela Aranda, mother Sara Escobedo, father Pedro Aranda, sisters Mary Morales and Noemi Garcia

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Alfonso's honor to the VA or Shriners Hospital.


11 May


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

Sunset Northwest Chapel

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

Covid-19 Restrictions: 60 family and guest limit at facility. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout facility.
12 May

Fueneral Mass

1:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Church

102 Lorenz Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

Covid-19 Restrictions:Limited family and guests at facility. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout facility.
12 May

Committal Service

2:30 pm

Fort Sam Huuston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78234

Covid-19 Restrictions: 50 family and guest limit at Cemetery. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout Cemetery.


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Ruby Herrera

May 3, 2021

Poncho, man I'm gonna miss you so much..from watching spurs games on tv to going to see them live, hanging out at the lake, road trips, bbq'ing at my moms. There were so many good times, I can't list them all. You taught me to always try and help people who need help, whether it's a meal or a ride somewhere I'll never forget your generosity and what you stood for. I'm so grateful to have known you and have you in our lives for the amount of time we were given and I'll never forget you. I love you and I'll see you again someday so this isn't "goodbye", it's "see you later"

Connie and David Colvin

May 3, 2021

He was our neighbor for the 28 years we have lived here. A very friendly, active, neat-as-a-pin guy.

He kept very busy with what I would call civic duties.

Very saddened to hear of his passing.🙏

Kim Rodriguez

April 30, 2021

Just want to send out Prayers and Blessings to all the Aranda family during this time. Mr. Aranda will be greatly missed.🙏🏼

Mary Herrera

April 30, 2021

My dearest "Babe",
My heart bleeds for you. I miss your presence, your touch so much. You have been the joy in my life, the light in my dark times. You touched so many lives in your positive and generous ways. You always looked for opportunities to help those in need. We thought we knew a lot about living life.....but you taught us so much more. I thank God every day for putting you in my life. Until we meet again, my love.

Ashley Esparza

April 23, 2021

My heart is w/ family prayers for peace and comfort

Mr. Aranda aka POPS was the best man I had the honor of getting to know
He was simply the coolest no other words can describe him he had the kindest heart
I have memories of him sitting at the shop reading the news paper

Seeing him at Shriners Circus

Going to New Orleans and sitting at the patio and having drinks listening to the live bands

He lived a life of adventure never a dull moment

Love you 💚💚💚 the Esparza family you will be missed pops

Jason Little

April 23, 2021

I have many fond memories of this great man, and Mrs. Aranda as well. Myself and Junior went to college together and where partners in Law Enforcement. Mr. Aranda always came to any event, Police Academy Graduation’s etc, and was always so much fun to sit and talk with and have a drink, I will never forget him. On many occasions they had me in their home and treated me like Family!! Such wonderful people your mom and dad were.

Ben Herrera

April 19, 2021

We still can't believe your gone, you've been such an inspiration to me, Vern and the whole family. Your going to be missed tremendously. I wish we had time for one last talk, one last hand shake, one more time to hear your war stories, which you told with intense detail. One more hook. But your in a better place now, it's gonna be tough without you pop.