Gilbert Valdez Arriaga, 75 of Deport, died on Monday, November 21, 2016 in Paris Regional Medical Center.  Funeral Services have been scheduled for Saturday, November 26 at 2:00pm in the First United Methodist Church of Deport with Reverends Susan Leddy and Debra May Officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.  The Family will receive friends Friday evening at 6:00pm at Wood Funeral Homes, Deport.

He was born in Dallas, Texas on March 3, 1941, the son of Jose’ and Antonia Valdez Arriaga.  He married Melissa Rodgers on September 15, 1991.  He was retired from Kimberly Clark Corporation; was a Current Deport City Council Member and former Mayor; was past Commander of the Deport American Legion; and a US Air Force Veteran.  Gilbert was known for his generous and giving spirit as well as a great cook who delivered food throughout the community often.  He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Deport.

His survivors include his wife, Melissa Arriaga of Deport; his daughters:  Emily and Katie Arriaga of Deport; adopted daughter, Becky Weise; step-sons, Ray Moreno and Richard Correa; sister, Bonnie Soto of Grand Prairie; brother, Joe Benavidez of Ft. Worth; grandchildren:  Amethyst Brown, Ruby Grasty, Jade Weise; brother-in-law, Monte Rodgers and wife Stephanie of Deport; and his mother in law, Betty Rodgers of Deport; niece, Melissa Rodgers of Deport; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Edith Arriaga, and granddaughter, Crystal Smith on June 16, 1990 and daughter in law, Tracey Smith on June 17, 1990.


  1. Mellisa, was not informed about Gil’s passing , I watched him play ball when at *tech*, was one year behind him at reunios , sometimes we chatted, gues he never told you about me, We also met at one of them , you had both of the girls with you! I recall that I asked gil about any plans for you and girls due to his health problemsJayne causally told me about Gil’s passing and searched *facebook* about it, also sent a friend’s request for you, but no reply! After a proper time for grief, I hope to get in touch with you!

    Sincerely, Leo Roderick Guajardo, 11

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