Ari Arteaga lived his 16 years of life with a zest for making every day count for himself and for others.
From an early age, his positive nature and high energy made him stand out. He was a loving, fun son and older brother, a dedicated student athlete, and a friend to many. Ari touched lives with his extraordinary personality and spirit, his natural ability to make others feel cared for, and his special way of engaging with people. He created friendships with all ages and walks of life, genuinely making a difference in their days, unknowingly helping others feel that their lives mattered.
Ari suffered a tragic auto accident at the age of 16, but his memory and spirit live on in every person who knew him.
A few weeks prior, he had begun to spread his personal motto of ‘Be the Light’ on his social media and in his everyday living. A testimony of this is apparent in the celebration of his life through the support of the community in creating a foundation that is making a difference in helping those in need. Those who knew him are inspired to share his passion for life and caring for others. Be like Ari™.
Making every moment count
Ari was confident, fun-loving, colorful, and did not take himself too seriously, but made others feel cared for. Ari’s persona was in many ways larger than life itself.