Peter David Beltran, Sr., unexpectedly, died of natural causes on Monday, September 6, 2021, at his home in Holbrook, Arizona. He was 69 years old. Peter was born on Sunday, May 11, 1952, in Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona to his parents, Pedro Lopez and the late Rachel (Rodriguez) Beltran.
Peter was a graduated member of Douglas High School's Class of 1970. A few months following his high school graduation, he married Celia Monjaras in Douglas on August 22, 1970. The couple most recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary together. He later attended Cerritos College in California. In 1973, he began a long and successful career working with Arizona Public Service (APS) in Douglas. In 1980, he moved to Holbrook, Arizona where he continued with his career.. Starting out as a meter reader, he quickly worked his way up the company ladder working as an auxiliary operator, control operator and shift supervisor. When he retired, he retired as the plant coordinator. He knew the value of hard work and was an example of that value to his family; especially his sons.
He taught his boys to be responsible young men and to own not only their strengths but their weaknesses as well; for therein lies their growth and potential. His work ethic was exemplary and he always did his best to put his family first. His wife says of him that, "He was very generous and would literally give someone in need the shirt right off of his back." Additionally, he taught his boys that no one should, in any way, ever take advantage of them. With smiles on their faces, his sons added, "Whoever owes him money: Louie, Ray and David will be tracking you down for collection." He also taught them a powerful lesson with forgiveness that, even though it's crucial and necessary to forgive one another, that doesn't mean you need to forget.
Though he worked hard throughout his whole life, Peter knew how to have a good time as well. Throughout his life, Peter loved the game of baseball. He was a member of the Holbrook Fatheads Softball Team for several seasons and was an excellent ballplayer. He loved to be in the great out-of-doors. He was a hunter and had a trophy head, or two, hanging in his home. A "professional" camper at heart, he enjoyed being one with nature. Barbecuing steaks on a grill, with his family, was a favorite activity of his. He may have fired up the grill but, he frequently could get others to barbecue the steaks. Peter also knew his way around the golf course and was an avid weapons enthusiast and gun collector. He will also be remembered for his calligraphy skills, as some of his calligraphic writings are beautiful masterpieces and are priceless treasures to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Celia Beltran of Holbrook, Arizona; father, Pedro Beltran; step-mother, Norma Beltran; 3 sons: Louie Beltran of Coolidge, Arizona, Raymond Beltran of Florence, Arizona, Peter David Beltran, Jr. of Holbrook, Arizona; 4 sisters: Barbara (Dan) Bird, Monica (Keith) Lamparter, Connie (Henry) Rodriguez, Alice Wooley; 8 grandchildren: Justin Beltran, Taryn Beltran, Mikah Beltran, Tatum Beltran, Peighton Beltran, Brooklyn (Conner) Gotham, Alexys Beltran and Peter David Beltran, III.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 17, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 212 W. Arizona Street in Holbrook, Arizona where the viewing will begin one hour prior. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will begin promptly at 11:00 A.M.
The Beltran Family is thankful for the many acts of kindness they have received during this difficult season and are especially grateful for the many prayers offered up.