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Ralph Gilbert Aranda Jr.

03/25/1961 - 01/12/2021
Visitation Date: 01/23/2021
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona

Ralph Aranda, Army veteran, was born March 25, 1961 and passed away January 12, 2021. His beloved mama was there to greet her son on his last journey home.  He is son to Ralph Aranda Sr and Elodia Martinez Aranda (deceased) in Phoenix Arizona.

Ralph is survived by his father Ralph Aranda Sr; sister Laura Aranda; three Sons: Abraham, Issac, and Aaron; Grandchildren Suzette Anahi Aranda, Audrey Anna Aranda, and Elena Aranda.

Ralph enjoyed being a restaurateur and managed the New Mexican Grill in Gilbert, AZ where he incorporated his family recipes into the menu of the daily freshly made dishes that created a dedicated following of loyal patrons.

He helped those who did not or could not get out by dropping off food, water, and other home needs, at their front door. He enjoyed and supported his employees who dearly miss him and his laughter.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 6p to 8p, at Bunkers University Chapel (3529 E University Mesa AZ). Masks and social distancing are required.

Last words were ‘tell them I love them all’






  • Ralph is resting in the heavenly arms of Jesus. My heart and condolences go out to Ralph’s family and loved ones. Ralph was a good and fair business man, had a kind heart, and I always enjoyed our conversations. This is how I will remember Ralph. Delight in His glory, my friend.

  • My Tio is someone who was always joking, smiling, and cooking. That’s how I’ll remember him. From my earliest memories of him inviting us over after church with my Nana Elodia to go eat breakfast at his house. I will always love you Tio. Tell my dad and nana I love them so very much.

  • Big brother, I miss you so much. I can’t believe your gone. I’m going to miss your laughter and you calling me your baby sister. You were such a giving person and I know your with mom, sister and with our baby brother Stevie. I don’t know how I’m going to live without you two but I know your both in a better place and together along with mom and sister. It was a honor to be your sister. I’m so glad we always ended our conversations with I love you! While I’m so heart broken, I know you at peace and heaven. Until we meet again one sweet day in heaven. Love. Your baby sister!💔

  • Hi Dad. I know you can see me and here me. I love you so much and I wish you where here so you can see you granddaughters grow up. I know they will miss and I will miss you talking about restaurants. I know I will miss your knowledge and your aspirations. Know your with Nana uncle Stevie and my tia Francis and happy with the lord protecting our family. Isaac misses you so much. I will take care of our family in your honor. Love you so much Dad god bless you.

  • Primo, I remember the 1st time I stopped by in your restaurant while working. I seen the restaurant all the time and something told me to stop that day. You didn’t know who I was but knew I was a Garcia. I remember telling you I’m Eddie’s son and you we’re like I knew it. Haha I visited you alot after that and had great conversations with you. Thanks for some good advice and all the gambling tips. God Bless you Primo and May you RIP. Love you Primo

  • Rest In Peace Ralph we loved your food, we send our deepest sympathy to your family.

  • Ralph was amazing!! He will definitely be missed. Every time I came in I was greeted with a hello, and he always asked how my wife and kid is!!! Great man!!! He will be missed

  • We own the Karate School next door to New Mexican Grill. We always enjoyed having Ralph as a business neighbor and enjoyed his friendship and our conversations. We already miss him dearly. Much love to him and prayers for his family.

  • Lino and Rita Rivera

    To The Aranda Family:

    Rita and I send our condolences and love to you and we are praying for you at this time of your loss.

    The apostle Paul said that to die was to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23), and to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

    God Bless You,

    Lino and Rita Rivera

  • Though I knew Ralph just a short time, he left me with such a feeling of true warm friendliness, caring, and giving. I remember these feelings daily so thank you Ralph for coming into my life; you are missed but remembered dearly.

  • Georgina Cordova

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Aranda Family! Ralph was so nice! We enjoyed seeing him at the restaurant and he will be missed!

  • Stew and Angie Keene

    We are heartbroken to have discovered his passing. Ralph was a very hard working man who loved his family, customers and community. We are grateful to have known Ralph. He always greeted us with a smile. Our heart broken condolences to his family. Ralph will always be in our memories. God Speed Ralph

  • To the Aranda Family,
    I cannot express just how sorry I am for your loss.
    What I will remember most about Ralphie is his great laugh. Of all the times I spent around him and with him while growing up, I have such great fun and crazy memories- Thank You for those my friend.
    I know you are with all that have gone before you now, and they are so Happy to have you.
    Take care of Stevie.
    We will meet again, until then rest in peace.

  • George and Genevieve McDowell

    Ralph was taken from us too early and our family will miss him. My husband and I first met Ralph when he opened his New Mexican Grill. We saw his grill grow as has our love and respect for him as a person & cook. He treated his patrons(customers) like extended family. He was a very kind, caring and hard working human being.

  • I’ve eaten at New Mexican Grill most Fridays for the past 8 years. I always looked forward to seeing Ralph. We would often talk a little, sometimes more, and a few times much.

    To the Aranda family: Heartfelt condolences to you at this time. May God comfort you greatly.

    Ralph: I was so shocked to see the notice of your passing when I came in last Friday. I will sorely miss seeing you. Rest in peace.

  • I will really miss my wonderful cousin Ralphie. We had so many great times growing up together. Our family parties were all-nighters and were legendary. We will miss your smile and great sense of humor, primo. To lose you and my beloved cousin Stevie so soon after one another was a tremendous shock and tragedy. My comfort comes in knowing that you are able to be with your mom (my Tia Elodia), your sister (Frances) and your brother (Stevie). We love you very much and trust we will see one another again in Heaven. Rest in peace, Ralphie. You left behind a great amount of love and good memories for all of us. We will treasure all of this in your absence. -Andy

  • I just found out today about Ralph’s passing. My God bless and comfort his family at this time. I stop by The New Mexican Grill once a week to get the best breakfast burrito in town. Not only do a enjoy great food, I also enjoy my visit with Ralph. He cared deeply for his employee’s and country. I will miss this interaction with a good friend. RIP Ralph. You will be missed.

  • Rich & Linda Podvin

    We just found out yesterday about our friend Ralph’s passing away. We were so surprised & very sorry for his family & friends loss. We’ll always remember you as you always greeted us at New Mexican Grill. We loved your food & will miss you.

  • Ralph Isaac Aranda

    Hi dad just droppn by to say how much I love you and miss you here on earth. I just want you to know that I’m doing also a whole lot better I know you’d be proud dad! I love you!

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