Elvin D. "Ed" Arnett, 88, a longtime resident of San Luis Obispo died in a local hospital after a brief illness Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. He spent his first 12 years in Kansas before he and his family moved to Southern California, where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and trained as a fighter pilot before being deployed to Italy during World War II. He left the Air Force with the rank of Captain, but served another 10 years in the Air Force Reserve, ending his military career as a Major. In 1949, Ed married the love of his life, Martha Patterson. They made their home in San Luis Obispo for 63 years. In the post-war years, Ed owned and operated the Best Ever Grill, now known as Louisa''s Place. In 1961, Ed and Bill Broadbent co-founded Arnett & Broadbent Inc., which would become a prominent real estate brokerage. Ed was active in various organizations and served in many offices and positions. He earned many prestigious designations throughout his Real Estate career. Ed was also active and well-known within the community, having been involved with many local service organizations. As a member of the First Baptist Church, he faithfully served in many positions. He was especially proud to have assisted with the development of Judson Terrace Homes, a non-profit housing community for seniors. He was generous with his time and talents and left a lasting legacy of service. Ed was admired for his patience and good humor. He was a loving husband, mentor to his children and an accomplished professional. His quick smile, empathy and encouragement will be missed by all. Ed is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha; three children Wayne (Patty), Susan McNanna (Gary) and Michael; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother James (Ann); many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Hazel Arnett and brothers, Keith and Donald. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Reis Family Mortuary, 991 Nipomo in San Luis Obispo. Everyone who knew and loved Ed is welcome to attend. Interment has taken place at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. Reis Family Mortuary 544-7400 San Luis Obispo
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on February 17, 2013