Arthur Nugent

Arthur Lee Nugent Radio Broadcasting Arthur Lee Nugent was born in Gridley, California on June 21, 1934 and left his earthly body on December 7, 2012 in Visalia, California, at the age of 78. Arthur Lee, as he was known to Gridley Folks, was born to Arthur and Jo Nugent, and was the younger brother to Patrick and Mary Jo. Dad graduated from Gridley High School and attended Yuba College before heading off to San Francisco where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Dad began his career in radio broadcasting while at San Francisco State, which led to Visalia and KONG 1400 AM during the 1950's. While Dad was working at KONG he went by the radio name "Art King of KONG". During this time, in 1958 to be exact, a young lady called and requested a song by Duane Eddy call "Rebel Rouser". Dad made a comment on the air about how polite and what a nice voice the young lady had. The young lady was Joanna Arena, a local Visalia girl. Long story short, they met, three days later Dad asked her to marry him, and after fifty three plus years, Dad still considered "Rebel Rouser" the "greatest love song ever written". After Dad and Mom married, Dad's career took the family, which now included Skip, first to Stockton where Mary Kay joined the family and then to Chico, where Kevin came along. Dad worked at KPAY Radio in Chico and then we were off to Redding to a local AM station. In 1969, we all returned to Visalia where Dad rejoined KONG. Dad, along with a few partners, opened Image Advertising, which operated in the Visalia area for over 10 years. He also taught Communications at College of the Sequoias and Porterville College, all the while still doing "some board shifts" on local radio stations. His love of music and the radio led Dad to have a career in broadcasting that lasted 50 years, ending at KJUG AM 1270. Dad and Mom were able to make trips to England and Ireland and back East to view the fall foliage. But their favorite place was their beloved San Francisco, where they would go as often as possible, sometimes catching a 'Niner or Giants game, of which Dad was a life-long fan. Almost 30 years ago, Dad's co-worker, Ann Baptista, wanted to give back to the kids of the Visalia area and with Dad and Mom on board, started what would later become "Ann's Kids for Christmas", a party for local children that would otherwise not have Christmas presents. What started with 50 kids has now grown to an annual party that serves over 300 local children. Dad is survived by his loving wife of 54 plus years, Joanna; his children, Skip Nugent and wife Misty, Mary Kay Akins and husband Michael, and Kevin Nugent and wife Debra; his grandchildren, Justin Nugent, Brett Akins, Courtney Nugent, Katie Akins, and Kelsey Nugent; his great grandchildren, Joaquin Castro, Maddox Nugent, Ava Nugent and Camden Akins. Dad is also survived by his brother and sister in law, Wayne and Sharon Rice; nieces and nephews, Jo Nugent Van Amburg, Patrick Nugent Jr., Lisa Ingham and Anthony Rice. Dad is also survived by lifelong friends Dan and Donna Soares and George and Patsy Johnston. He is also remembered by the "Ladies in the Park", Betty Anthony, Wiladene Reitz, Bea Moring and Kay Chase, and dear friends, Edward "Jake" Jakubowski and Mary Butler. Last by not least, Dad's beloved dog Sadie. Dad was predeceased b his parents, Arthur and Jo Nugent, his sister, Mary Jo Nugent, his brother, Patrick H. Nugent, and his granddaughter, Heather Jo Nugent. We would like to extend a special thank you to the incredible staff of Linwood Meadows. The care that you gave to our father will always be remembered and appreciated. Also, thank you to the wonderful folks at Kaweah Delta Hospice. Your help allowed us to take Dad home where he was able to look at all of Mom's incredible Christmas decorations, including their beloved Nativity. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 2 PM till 5 PM at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel. A rosary will be held at 6 PM on Sunday, December 9, at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel. A mass will be held at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Visalia. Burial at Visalia District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to info@salseranddillard.com. In lieu of flowers, remembrances for Dad can be made to: "Happy Hearts" Children's Hospital of Central California, 9300 Children's BLVD., Madera, CA 93636; The Bethlehem Center, 1638 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia, CA 93291. Dad left us after his final sign off, "be good, be cool, be careful, and above all, happiness on ya".


Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Dec. 8, 2012