Arthur “Archie,” John Barajas transitioned to heaven on July 20th in Kansas City at the age of 66.
Art is survived by his wife, Kimberly Barajas of Kansas City; children, CJ Barajas and wife Joshlyn, Ben Barajas, Stacia Wilson and husband Josh all of Kansas City; Grandsons Noah and Carter Barajas and Trey and Myer Wilson. Siblings, Alfredo (Lonnie) Barajas , Yolanda Smith, Rita (Matt) Alviar, Gloria (Lew) Tews, Rick Barajas, and Terri Barajas all of the Chicago area. Also survived are fifteen nieces and nephews. He joins in heaven his father and mother Francisco and Ernestina Barajas and his mother-in-law Mary Jane Stover.
Arthur was born on April 13th, 1952 in Aurora, IL to Frank and Tina Barajas. He graduated from East Aurora High School. He married Kimberly, his high school sweetheart. After moving to Kansas City, Art was a Union commercial painter and vinyl hangar for 30 years. Art established his own commercial painting company, Barajas Painting and Restoration in 1995. He was soon joined by both sons operating the business. Art belonged to the Kansas City Hispanic Contractors Association.
He was a fixture in northland youth sports as a coach of his own children for football, basketball, baseball, and softball. His love for coaching kept him working with other youth and eventually his grandchildren for many years. He was a caring individual who loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Art was a proud member of the men’s Round Table at the Corner Cafe where lifelong friends were made. He was also a member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church where the pastors, congregation, and men’s prayer group provided strength in faith.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 11am to 1pm, followed by a service, on Saturday July 28th at Platte Woods United Methodist church. Dr. Steve Breon will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Art’s life. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Platte Woods United Methodist Church for all their support throughout this process.