Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021 at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.

Ken was born in Alamosa, Colo., on April 13, 1940, to Kenneth and Emma Becker Arnett. He married Mary Ann Carpenter on May 21, 1966, and they enjoyed 55 years together.

Bunky loved cruising in the evenings looking at wildlife and checking his stock around the refuge. He also enjoyed going to the cabin, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and telling jokes. He had a passion for always helping people. He and Mary Ann owned and operated Monte Vista Auto Parts for 47 years.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Arnett of Monte Vista; his children Christi (Manuel Perez), Gary (Traci) Arnett of Durango, Robert (Candice) Arnett of Lakewood, Finnley Arnett, Ariel (Dion) Fuentes, Janine (JP) Jiron, Charlotte, Jariah, Rayne, Camilo; his sisters Margaret (Bill) McGaffin of Nevada, Barbara (Frank) Potts of Denver; in-laws Virginia Depriest, Betty Carpenter, Don (Billie) Carpenter, Larry (Connie) Carpenter, Carolyn (Charles) Gustafson, Teresa Harrison, Vicki (Art) Jones; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Bunky was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Emma Arnett, his in-laws LT and Alice Carpenter, Warren Carpenter, Leland Depriest, Harold and Isla Crawford, Galen Harrison and many of his buddies.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to National Rifle Association at, The B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge No. 2456, 121 Washington St, Monte Vista, CO 81144, or to the Rio Grande Headwater Land Trust at

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes, words of comfort and remarks for Bunky’s family, please visit