John V. Arban Jr., business owner

January 22, 2013

John V. Arban Jr., 80, a former president and co-owner of Arban & Carosi, a Woodbridge-based manufacturer of architectural precast concrete, died Jan. 8 at a hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He had congestive heart failure, said his daughter CJ Arban FitzHenry.

Mr. Arban joined Arban & Carosi, a firm co-founded by his father, in 1956. He worked as a draftsman and served as secretary, treasurer and president before his retirement in the mid-1980s.

He worked on numerous sites throughout the Washington area, including what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and several Metro stations, his daughter said.

John Valerio Arban Jr. was born in the District and later changed his middle name to Val.

He was a graduate of the city’s Woodrow Wilson High School and received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia in 1956.

Before retiring to Florida in 2000, Mr. Arban lived in Northern Virginia and in Solomons, Md. He held several leadership positions with the Solomons Island Yacht Club.

His marriages to the former Carol Santelmann and the former Lela Mullins ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Cindy Gutierrez Arban of Port Charlotte; five children from his first marriage, CJ Arban FitzHenry of Lovingston, Va., Janice A. Burns and Jacqueline Lamberson, both of Charlottesville, Julie Gohl of Bealeton, Va., and John V. Arban III of Solomons; and three grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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