Hugh David Arant. Surrounded by his adoring family, Dave Arant passed peacefully on October 9, 2013 from "somewhere between great and perfect" to his eternal home ready for his next "adventure" and mission. Born July 31, 1924 in Greenville, Texas, he was the son of Charles Ezell Sr and Era Dickson Arant, and the brother of Wallace, Charles, John, and Betty, all who preceded him in death. He married his high school "sweetie" Lanelle Cain on May 21, 1944; and, for more than 69 years, they lovingly fulfilled their marriage vows. As a proud member of the Marine Corps, Dave served his nation as a PBJ Mitchell bomber (B25) pilot, completing 71 missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II
. He was a F7F Tigercat and F3D Skynight pilot in the Korean Conflict
, retiring in 1954 as a captain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters. He started the website VMB433.com
as a tribute to his WWII squadron and was one of the hosts of their 1986 reunion in Dallas. Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M in 1948, Master of Science in Environmental Science from UT Dallas in 1974 and did continuing research in advanced waste water treatment at UTD. He was a licensed professional engineer and served as president of the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Plant Engineers and historian of ASRAE. He was Dallas AIPE Plant Engineer of the Year 1983-1984. As chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conservation Committee, he started the city's first Energy Day in 1978. A specialist in heating and air conditioning since 1948, Dave designed and installed both residential and commercial units throughout DFW and founded Temp Air Corp in 1963. He later worked at Collins Radio and Rockwell International as a plant engineer and environmental engineer. After retirement, he returned to work as a consultant at Halff Associates, Inc. Favorite projects included design work on the HVAC for the Supercollider project and sesquicentennial restoration of the Automobile Building at Fair Park. An Eagle Scout and actively involved with Troop 709, Dave was honored with the BSA Silver Beaver Award in 2003. He served as president of the Dallas Genealogical Society and was an avid stamp collector. Forever the student with an unquenchable curiosity, he founded Jakabana Research Library to house his extensive collection of books, periodicals and documents. A great story teller and member of Toastmasters, he loved to share his passion for travel and history, particularly the Civil War & WWII. Since July 1955, Dave has been a faithful member of Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church, serving as a Trustee and on various other boards and committees. He was a Sunday school teacher and un-official photographer and historian. Dave is survived by his "bride" Lannie, four daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Stan Morris, Karen Folkes and Houston Folkes, Barbara and Skip Carleton, Nancy and Gary Shaver. Also his pride and joy - ten grandchildren, Debra and Rob (Jenny) McCrorey; Glenn Folkes; Christy (Adam) Evans, Catie (Todd) Gibson, Brian Carleton; Stephen, Emily, David and Kristen Shaver and seven great grandchildren Sarah, Daniel, Joshua and Owen McCrorey; Elizabeth and Andrew Evans, Avery Gibson. Also several nieces and nephews. Clearly, his "cup runneth over!" Memorial service and celebration will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 14th, Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church, 6445 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, Texas 75214. Private internment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ridgewood Park UMC or the
. Special thanks to DSO, DWWII and generationslestweforget.com
for a memorable final year. "Hallelujah!"