John Anthony Pineda, 81, of Springdale, Ark., and formerly of Garden City, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Ark.

He was born April 15, 1936, in the Bear Creek community near Walsenburg, Colo., to Copio and Benita Ortiz Pineda.

Mr. Pineda was devoted to his family and was affectionately known by many as “Grandpa.” He enjoyed fishing, the Denver Broncos and was a boxing coach for many years. He was a Golden Glove boxer while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Survivors include nine children, Arlene Pacheco Duran, Roxanne Rodriguez, Dorothy Pacheco Shot, Nora Pacheco Lovato, John Pineda Jr., Juanita Leal, Robert Pacheco, Christina Pineda Edstrom and Alea Pineda; a brother, Edward Pineda; two sisters, Anita Velasquez and Patricia Martinez; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Edward Pacheco and Gilbert Pacheco; three brothers; and three sisters.

Services and interment will be in Colorado at a later date. 

Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale. Condolences may be posted in the guestbook at