Richard Dean Arnett passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his home in Roseburg, Ore.
He was born on the July 11, 1931, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Leslie Paul and Helen Chiquita Green Arnett, the only son and the baby of the family of three children.
The family moved to Crescent City, Calif., during his high school years.
Richard was a man of many talents. He broke his first horse at the age of 9, and went to college at the age of 37 and learned computer programming. He also worked for Sargent Engineering in the prototype division and thus was kept out of the military service because of his employment. He was a conductor on the OC&E Railroad and retired from there following several accidents and surgeries after 25 years. He then went to driving semi-trucks and logging trucks. He also managed RV and mobile home parks.
Richard was accomplished at all he did and always gave each job his best. He has lived in Oregon, California, Arizona and Washington. He hunted and fished the lakes all over these states. He loved to read and enlarge his knowledge of all things, especially the things of Heavenly Father after he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Richard also loved genealogy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn Joan Holden Arnett, a son Jonathan Scott Furness, three grandchildren Robert and Mariah Mathia and William Furness, and daughter Jennifer Ruth Arnett Owings.
Survivors include his sister Bonnie Williams of Crescent City; sister Pauline Icenbice and her husband Leo Icenbice of Klamath Falls; wife Carolyn Jean Parkinson Arnett; son Leslie Paul Arnett II and his wife Ruth of Boise, Idaho; daughter Claudia Jean Long and her husband Craig Jay Long Sr. of Klamath Falls; daughter Michelle Rene Calvert and her husband Brian Calvert of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter Deborah Alora Furness Dunlap and her husband Steven E. Dunlap of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter Tracy Lee Furness Mathia and her husband V. Leonard Mathia, who is also Richard's foster son, of Colfax, Wash.; son James Christian Furness of Pasco, Wash.; son Thomas Wesley Furness of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; son Michael Bruce and his wife Gidget of Lynnwood, Wash.; son Joseph Gene Furness of Everett, Wash.; daughter Aimee Lynne Furness Shaw and her husband Troy E. Shaw of Redmond, Wash.; and daughter Melissa Karen Furness Barrett of Snohomish, Wash. Richard is beloved and sorely missed by 11 children, 41 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren, his two sisters, brother-in-law, and many nieces, nephews and cousins and dear friends.
A viewing will be at Taylor's Family Chapel in Roseburg on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. and another viewing will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. with services following at 1 p.m. in the Winston Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Klamath Falls. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor's Family Chapel.