He died Sunday, Aug. 5, at his Tracy home following a lengthy illness.
Born Dec. 13, 1924, in Sanger, he was the son of Bonifacio and Christina Migliore Arnaudo. The family moved to Tracy in 1937 and established what became Arnaudo Bros., specializing in diversified farming, agricultural trucking and real estate development.
Mr. Arnaudo, who graduated from Tracy High School in 1943, concentrated his farming north of Tracy, growing asparagus, tomatoes and alfalfa along with other crops.
He was proud of being one of the first Tracy growers to contract for tomatoes with H.J. Heinz Co. when its Tracy factory was opened in 1946. He continued to be a Heinz grower for more than 50 years.
H.J. Heinz II, the chairman of the food-processing firm, personally congratulated Mr. Arnaudo with a plaque for being the longest consecutive tomato grower for Heinz in this area.
Mr. Arnaudo was a member of the California Tomato Growers Association, California Asparagus Growers Association, Council of California Growers, Delta Water Users Association and a board member of the Independent Mutual Water District.
A member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Mr. Arnaudo was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and Young Men’s Institute (YMI).
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Adriana Arnaudo of Tracy; two daughters, Kathy Vaz, and her husband, Paul, of Lodi and Sandra Grisedale, and her husband, Mark, of Morgan Hill; a son, Steven Arnaudo of Torrance; and five grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers, Steve Arnaudo, and his wife, Arlean, and Leo Arnaudo, and his wife, Lorraine, all of Tracy; a sister, Edna Rossi, and her husband, Tony, of Tracy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a third brother, Mario Arnaudo.
Services planned for Friday, Aug. 10, will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a rosary service at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave.
Burial will be in Tracy Cemetery, on West Schulte Road at MacArthur Drive.
The family prefers memorial contributions in Mr. Arnaudo’s name to the St. Bernard’s Church New Site Building Fund, 163 W. Eaton Ave., Tracy, CA 95376; or to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95204.