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Arnold Friberg 1913 ~ 2010 Arnold Friberg, artist and illustrator, 96, passed away Thursday morning, July 1st, 2010, in Salt Lake City, after a fall, and subsequent hip surgery. Days before his death, he commented that he was proud of the work he was leaving to the world, and said he hoped that his life's work would be as relevant 50 or 100 years from now as it is today. Arnold was born to Scandinavian parents, Sven Friberg, and Ingeborg Solberg Friberg, on December 21, 1913, in Winnetka, Illinois. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was three years old, just days before World War I was declared. His family was baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints when Arnold was eight years old. He attended the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago, and studied with Harvey Dunn in New York. He served in the 86th Infantry Division of the US Army during World War II, serving in Europe and the Philippines Upon his discharge from the Army, Arnold married Hedve Mae Baxter in San Francisco. They returned to Utah in 1950, when he was hired by the University of Utah to teach in the Art Department, to supplement his income as a commercial artist. She preceded him in death in 1986. They had two children, Frank and Patricia. Arnold married Heidi Groskopf Wales in 1989, and her two sons, Peter and Izzie Dominy were added to his family. Arnold loved Peter and Izzie as his own. Peter, Heidi, and Arnold were all partners together in Friberg Fine Art. Much has been written about Arnold Friberg, the artist. Those closest to him know him as Arnold the friend, the story teller, Uncle Arnie, Grandpa, Opa, Dad, and Sweetheart. He loved the scriptures, loved discussing politics and watching the Sunday morning news programs. He was gentle and kind, and he was a true and loyal friend. He loved his children and grandchildren. He felt honored, and sometimes puzzled, why he was chosen to tell these stories through his life's work. He often said that God would tap him on the shoulder and whisper into his ear. Up until his fall on June 21st, he still walked to his studio and spent hours each day painting. He said his talent had not diminished with age, and was always planning what the next painting would be. We will miss his infectious, loud laughter. We will miss his stories. We will miss his huge presence in our lives. But his work lives on, and is all around us. How wonderful his greeting in heaven must have been as he was welcomed by his loved ones, maybe even George Washington, Cecil B. DeMille, past presidents and world leaders, and biblical heroes. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Gertrude Friberg Storey, and his first wife, Hedve. He is survived by his wife, Heidi, sons Frank Friberg, Peter Dominy (Carolyn), Izzie Dominy, daughter Patricia Friberg, Jayna Friberg-Cleamons (Vincient), 10 grandchildren: Wendy Cunningham Moore, Michael Cunningham, Stacey Cunningham Baldzicki, Angela Byrnes, and Jennifer Byrnes; Amy Friberg Antonini, April Friberg Black, Arianne Friberg Newton; and Joel and James Dominy. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. There will be a public viewing at the Arnold Friberg Room at the LDS Conference Center on North Temple in Salt Lake City, on Friday, July 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., July 10th, at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Burial at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral directors, Larkin Mortuary. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the many caregivers that so tenderly took care of Arnold in the last months of his life. Many people have been inspired by his work, and we invite you to share your stories with us through the online condolences at larkincares.com

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 4 to July 7, 2010
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