Trombonist Joseph Patrick Pat" Arana of the St. Louis Stompers died of cancer last Wednesday, August 22 in St. Charles, MO.
Arana was 72 years old and was retired from teaching music in the Ritenour School District.
He performed locally and at festivals all over the country with the Stompers, worked with many other jazz and popular music groups in St. Louis, and was an original member of Jean Kittrell and Red Lehr’s Old St. Louis Levee Band.
Services were held Tuesday at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles, with interment at St. Charles Memorial Gardens.
Pat Arana is survived by his wife Marilyn, children Matt Arana and Betsy (Bruce) Nelson, and brothers Gerald (Kathy) Arana and Donald (Jean) Arana, as well as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. The family has requested memorials in his name be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Stepping Stones Program in the Ritenour School District.
This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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