On April 15, 1926, Arnold was born to Leonor and Manuel Soto in Tucson, Arizona. He was raised in Berkeley and Oakland. Arnold quit school to join the Army (World War II) where he was injured in Manila, Philippines and awarded the Bronze Star. He was a courageous man who, following his service, had to re-learn how to walk, talk, read and write like a newborn. He succeeded and went to Williams Business College. Soon after, he got a job for Safeway in the accounting department where he worked for thirty-two years. In 1960, Arnold moved to San Lorenzo with his beloved, devoted wife, Virginia. They were married for almost sixty years. He lived for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-granddaughter.
Arnold is survived by his children, Michael (Kim) Soto and Roxanne (Gary) Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Michele (Juan) Torres, Michael Soto II, Kristen (Andrew) Mosier, Nicole (Michael) Casa, Heather (Edwardo) Sanchez, Breanna Fitzgerald and Kimberly Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren, Brena & Isabel Torres, Michael Soto III, Andy & Lilly Mosier, Caitlin Barley, Alana & Devin Casa, Simone & Lola Sanchez and Ethan Schilling; great great-granddaughter, Madison Soto, all of whom he loved so very much. Arnold was a coach for the Del Ray Elementary School basketball team where they won their first trophy. He also umpired and helped work at San Lorenzo Little League where he managed the Duggans Babe Ruth team. Arnold was an avid Raiders, Athletics, and Warriors fan. Preceded in death by his daughter, Michele Arnel; his mother and father, Leonor and Manuel T. Soto; brothers, Joseph, Arthur, Herbert, William, and Manuel. He leaves his siblings, Eleanor (Aldo) Cappa, Raymond (Donna) Soto and sister in law, Florence Soto, along with many cherished nieces, nephews, loving extended family and friends.
Visitation for Arnold will be on Monday, May 21, 2018, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M, with a Vigil at 7:00 P.M., at Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA. The following day, Tuesday, May 22, there will be a Mass at 10:00 A.M., at St. John The Baptist Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA. Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 11:30 A.M. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, in Santa Nella, CA
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following not-for-profit organizations: Make A Wish, www.wish.org; Tony L Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), www.arflife.org.; Ronald McDonald House, www.ronaldhouse-sf.org; and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.