Aaron was born August 1, 1924 to Benjamin Franklin and Willie Mae Arradondo in Dallas, Texas.
He departed this life February 22, 2021 in Bristow, Oklahoma at the age of 96.
Aaron spent many nights sitting at a table at home studying by the lamp light. He was very active in Sunday School at Little Creek Baptist Church and in the Sunday School Institute. He was an outstanding student in school winning many essay and oratorical contests. When he was 17 years old he was awarded the grand certificate in the Americanism essay contest conducted by the Junior Chamber of Commerce with his essay on "Americanism - Through the Years". The Jaycee Americanism committee said his essay was adjudged the best on the basis of thought and presentation. After graduating high school, Aaron served his country and was honorably discharged as a World War II veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He had a long career working as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service.
Aaron was the first man of color to be appointed an IRS Office Auditor in 1955, Journeyman Grade Field Agent in 1962 and Top Grade #13 Field Agent in 1971. He joined Bethesda Baptist Church in 1948, Palestine Lodge #7 in 1949, became a 33rd Degree Grand Inspector General Scottish Rite Mason in 1971, and served as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Minnesota Jurisdiction of Prince Hall Affiliated Masons in 1970 and 1971. After retirement in 1979, he started an apple orchard in which he operated for over 30 years. He was the last surviving member of Grand Inspector Generals 33rd Degree Masons class of John R. Lawrence.
Other past titles and positions held include: Past Worshipful Master of Palestine Lodge No. 7, Past Commander-In-Chief of North Star Consistory No. 14, Past Grand Excellent High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of Illinois, Past Grand Eminent Commander of Knights Templar of Illinois. Aaron was also a Prince Hall Shriner and served as a Past Potentate of Fezzan Temple No. 26 of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdictions Incorporated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, Aaron was a member of Ames Elks Lodge, Improved Benevolent Protective Order Elks of the World and Electra Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Stars of Minnesota.
Aaron and Inga Marie Leyer were united in marriage in 2006. He enjoyed attending and fellowshipping with his church family at Rogers Chapel, along with gardening, and fishing. As well, he loved to travel the country visiting his family and especially enjoyed talking to his favorite nephews. The purchase of weekly lottery tickets brought Aaron excitement, as careful thought was given to his numbers chosen.
He is survived by his wife, Inga Marie Arradondo; four children, Kathryn Forrest and husband Jeff, Marilynn DeBoard and husband Ron, Jacki Perry and husband Marc, Aaron G. Arradondo; three siblings, Lillie Lewis and husband Ira, John Arradondo and wife Jeanne and Wanda Barker; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and seven sisters.
Georgia Cecelia Soltis Arradondo
1926–2011 (m. 1948)
Genevieve A. Arradondo Lindsay
Benjamin F Arradondo
William T. Arradondo
Mederia David Arradondo
Robert Patrick Arradondo
Maggie Will Arradondo Collins Bolden
Booker Theopolis Arradondo
Bennie Lee Arradondo Easterling
Otho Charles Arradondo
Freddie Yvonne Ransom
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