Felix Alfaro | Obituaries | yakimaherald.com
Felix Soto Alfaro died on April 9, 2022. Jose Felix Soto Alfaro was born on November 19, 1947 to Anna Maria Soto de Alfaro and Salvador Rubio Alfaro in Araro, Michoacan, Mexico. In his youth, he served as an alter boy in El Senor de Araro. As a teenager, he attended seminary to study for the priesthood. But God had other plans for him, and Felix chose not to pursue the priesthood. In 1967 he came to the United States for a job that saw him pick oranges in California and apples in Washington. In 1969, he met Katherine Mary Voelker while she was working in her parents’ apple orchard in Wapato. They married on November 27, 1971 and had four children whom they raised in Yakima. He was an apple farmer for over 40 years until his retirement in 2015. In his spare time he enjoyed reading about history, archaeology, folk tales, biographies and literature. His love of classical music inspired him to learn the accordion. And he liked to work on machines and cars as a hobby. Felix is survived by his wife: Katherine Alfaro; children: Mark Alfaro, Joshua Alfaro, Joel Alfaro and Kate Alfaro; his grandchildren: Arianna Alfaro, Marian Alfaro and Grace Alfaro, and his siblings: Carlos Alfaro, Celina Alfaro, Irma Estrada, Elvia Alfaro, Anna Arroyo, Maria Auxillo Alfaro and Maria Elena Alfaro. A rosary and funeral mass are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Yakima.