“Art” Arturo Herrera (“O’Hera”, if you know he always thought he was Irish) was born November 1953 in El Paso, Texas to Miguel Herrera and Michaela Herrera and is one of 5 siblings each with their own gifts and love of the arts, science, and technology. He resided in Orange, CA until his passing on Aug 21,2023 after a long 2 year hard fought battle with kidney cancer.
Art grew up in Texas as a young boy in the 50’s, eventually moving with his family to California in the 60’s where he stayed for the rest of his life. As a little kid his curiosity for mechanics and design would result in him taking apart his little brother’s toys to figure out how something works and how it was made. He loved his little brother so much, but that curiosity was just so great he couldn’t help wondering what made it tick.
This led him to dream of becoming an engineer so he graduated early from high school so he could attend Orange Coast Community College early. Acquiring his AA from OCC He started working for Beckman in Fullerton, California on the production line and eventually becoming a production supervisor for Beckman for the next 30 plus years. After 30 years he retired and enjoyed a well-deserved retirement never having to worry about getting up at 5am every day and instead could finally sleep in and work on his hobbies of woodworking in the garage and designing the new Halloween and Christmas deco for the coming holiday season. He got to spend the days with his wife who was also retired, and they often drove up to LA to see Dodger baseball games as often as they could.
Married for 46 years to his wife Lety Herrera who he met on a blind date at Knotts Scarry farm over 50 years before, he adored and loved her every day of his life and was always happy to go wherever she wanted to go and support her in any way he could. You could say this is what started his love for the Dodgers. When she received season tickets to go to the games, he happily drove her to LA so she could see the games and from every game on he slowly started adding clothes in the iconic Dodger blue and Dodger logo every time he walked out the front door with her. Their shared love for the Dodgers became an iconic symbol of their love for each other even to the end when watching the games together while he was in the hospital.
Their daughter, Lisa Herrera was a miniature version of himself, as his wife often said, “Like Father, Like Daughter.” He loved and cherished his daughter and told her after she would say “I love you dad” he would respond back “and I love you more than you will ever know.” Both bonded in interest in the latest and greatest of technology, computers, gadgets, video games, Halloween decorations, creative projects, Disneyland, and just about anything that looked cool. This father daughter duo was the ultimate pair and as his daughter stated she had won, “The Dad Lottery.”
Their grandnephew Christian, was like a son to Art, being in and around Christian’s life from a very young aga Art stepped in to be a father figure for Christian and took him everywhere. He often taught him and guided him in the world and was always by Christian’s side with patience and support for him. Together they would play Xbox with each other and take trips to GameStop to check out the video games for sale and would both come back with new games to play.
He was not just a father to Lisa and father figure to Christian but to any person he met. His kindness was so great, every person felt he left a positive loving impression upon them. Many friends, family, neighbors all say that Art was like a father figure to them when they needed it the most and he would go out of his way to help them without any complaint or compensation.
His love for people was unconditional and as a result was a true gift upon this world for all. A human being like Art is rare and those who have met him feel lucky to have known him. Though he is gone, the legacy he leaves behind is to continue this unconditional love and kindness for all and always be a helping hand to all who need it.
His family would love to thank those for their love and support during this difficult time and helping them through it all. The family is also thankful for those in the medical field that helped treat Art during his cancer treatment from the doctor's office all the way to the pharmacist, as they always gave patience and comfort to him and his family through it.
The family is amazed at the outpouring of love and support from those who remember Art for his love and support and are thankful that Art made such an impact on everyone. We love and miss you everyday Art and hope you are resting and watching over us from above.
Below is a link to a schedule of his services and if you would like to attend.