Arnold Allen Jones Arnold died peacefully on January 4, 2013 at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances, and two of his sons, Gerald and Steven. He was predeceased by his son Bradley and his brother Harold.
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During World War II, and for several years thereafter, Arnold served as a lieutenant in the Merchant Marine. While at sea he dined with cannibals, shot at kamikazes, swam with sharks and befriended local populations.
After the war, Arnold became a private investigator and apprenticed with such local notables as Hal Lipset and Bill Stelter. In 1977, City Attorney George Agnost appointed Arnold to be the first Chief Investigator for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. Arnold remained at that post until he retired in 1989.
In addition to being an avid reader, Arnold was an airplane pilot, a boat pilot, a marksman, a hunter and a machinist. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed May 20, 2005 to be Arnold Jones Day in San Francisco.
A memorial celebration will be held on the Jeremiah O'Brien (Pier 45) on Saturday, February 23, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 13, 2013