Arthur Ventura

April 15, 1939July 9, 2018
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Arthur Ventura, 79, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, July 9th. He was a gentle, kind soul whose deep faith in Jesus Christ provides comfort to the loved ones he leaves behind.

Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on April 15, 1939 Art was the son of Jesus and Raquel (Fonseca) Ventura. He was the seventh child of ten children. Art graduated from Scottsbluff High School in May of 1958. He worked most of his life as an electrician. He was a journeyman electrician for the Jeffco Public School District for over 24 years, from June, 1980 until his retirement in September of 2004.

Art married Mary Helen Martinez in September, 1961. From this union, he had two sons: Len Ventura (Longmont) and Darren Ventura (Broomfield). They divorced in March, 1968. In 1982 he met Zona Ghost Bird. They married in 1983 and shared over thirty two years of marriage before Zona preceded him in death in 2015.

Art was a devout Catholic, spending quite a bit of time at his church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish. He enjoyed any and all things related to the Denver Broncos, and watching his children and grandchildren at their sporting events. Art also had a fondness for old Western movies, and long visits with dear friends and family.

Art is survived by his children, Len Ventura, Darren (Colette) Ventura, step daughter Rose Leading Fighter (Reynold Richards Sr.), grandchildren, Justin Adams, Leonard Adams, Connor Ventura, Bryn Ventura, Hayley Ventura, Clarence Leading Fighter, Wayne and Devin Richards. Great-grandchildren Aspen and Brooke Adams . He was predeceased by his wife, Zona Ghost Bird, his parents Jesus and Raquel Ventura, his brothers Jesse Ventura, Harvey Ventura, Floyd Ventura, Eddie Ventura and Alfred Ventura, and his sisters Margaret (Ventura) Solis, Lupe (Ventura) Laso, Esther (Ventura) Tafallo and Inez (Ventura) Wilson.

The Rosary Service will be Tuesday, July 17th at 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, July 18th at 10:30 a.m. There is a visitation one hour before both the Rosary and Funeral Service. The Rosary and Funeral Service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish, 11385 Grant Dr. Northglenn, Colorado 80233. The Committal Service will be at 1 p.m. on July 18th, at Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado 80229.

Donations in memory of Art can be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish, 11385 Grant Dr. Northglenn, CO 80233. Please note in Memory of Art Ventura on the memo line.


  • Darren Ventura
  • Connor Ventura
  • Leonard Adams
  • Justin Adams
  • Larry Rosales
  • John Ventura


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Arthur Ventura

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Sue Kawamoto

July 21, 2018

On behalf of my brothers (Ricky, Pete, Fred, Andrew and David) and my sister (Mona) and myself let me offer our condolence to the Ventura family. Arthur was a close second cousin to our family. We all grew up with him coming to our house to have coffee with our mom (Lucy) who was Arthur's first cousin. I should say that our grandmother Carmen Ventura Garcia was Arthur's dad (Jesus) brother. We will all miss Arthur in our lives because he was a very special person to us. He has to be in a better place with his mom, dad and all his brothers and sisters!

norma jobe

July 18, 2018

I am so sorry for the loved ones of Art. he was an awesome man. He and Zona were so kind to my daughter Tena. she loved them dearly and so do I. Rest in peace Art. I will miss you.

Dennis Mathistad

July 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Art at Jeffco Schools. Often when Art needed someone to drive the lift truck to a site for him, he would ask me. I would take the truck and he would fly. In other words, he would be in the bucket and either change a ballast or bulb. He needed both trucks as supplies were in his daily truck.
Most of us remember the time he walked backwards off a roof. He was pulling wire and went over. A fellow worker saw Art's feet and stomped on the disappearing wire and probably tipped Art enough to land on his feet. This was from about 16 feet up. How fortunate. He was back at work a few days later.
After my retirement 2 years after Art, he would stop by to visit after seeing his son in Longmont. I always enjoyed the visit as we talked about other fellow employees.
Sorry to learn that Art is now gone.

Elaine Solis

July 18, 2018

I am the daughter of Abelardo S. Solis and Margarita Ventura Solis. My Uncle Arthur was a good brother to my mom and a good brother-in-law to my dad. He always would visit my parents and even after my mom passed away, he would visit my dad. My last memory of him was at my dad's funeral. He will be dearly missed. He was a good man to his family.

Vanessa Sanchez-Aguirri

July 17, 2018

My father, Art Sanchez, grew up with Art from the age of 4, and they remained friends up until Art's passing. 75 years of friendship!! I can remember Art from as far back as a little girl. My dad always spoke highly of him and how smart and talented he was. He didn't live too far from my dad's brother, Robert Sanchez in Colorado. Im heartbroken that he is gone and I know my father hurts as well. I'll never forget Art's visits. He'd always come to see my dad when he was in town. I moved away for school, but would still go home for parts of my summers, and sometimes I was lucky enough to get a chance to see Art. One of our last conversations was about me graduating from college and how proud he knew that made my dad. He encouraged me to keep going and never give up. He was all about getting an education. He will truly be missed. May God bless and comfort Art's family and send him on a safe journey home! 🙏🙏🙏

Thomas Lofland

July 16, 2018

Art and I worked together at Jefferson County Schools for over 20 years. He was a good natured gentleman with a easy smile, a seasoned licensed electrician who took pride in his work and was liked by all. Art made the world a better place to live.
I'm proud to say we were friends. My condolences to Art's family.
God speed

Marilyn Escamilla

July 16, 2018

Hello my name is Marilyn Escamilla my aunt is Zona Ventura and i got to meet Art Ventura when he and my aunt met he is a very nice man i remembered when he would bring my aunt to visit me in longmont he would also sit and visit he had joked with me at times when they would visit then he would go visit his son Len that lives here in longmont so it was a plus when they both came by. So i would like to offer my condolences to his family so from my family my kids and my mother Ruby Escamilla and my husband Anthony Martinez we are very sorry for your loss.

Ed Ventura

July 15, 2018

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Ed Ventura

July 15, 2018

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July 15, 2018

I am the youngest child of Art & Rita Sanchez. I remember Art when I was a young child often sharing time with my Dad in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I remember Art with his salt and pepper hair and how nice, friendly, and kind he was to our family. My Dad and Art both shared a lot of commonalities, two that stand out are that they both were named Art and their love for western movies. I moved to Texas as an adult so I didn't see Art often through the years. Although, I recall the last time I saw Art was when our family had a 65th birthday celebration for my Dad some years back and we invited all my Dads close friends for which Art was one. I asked my Dad yesterday how long had you and Art been friends, he said "he lived across the street from me growing up, he was 4 years old when we met and we stayed friends from that point on...through all these years". My Dad is a man of few words, and through his silence I knew he was remembering Art during our conversation and was missing his dear friend. RIP Art.