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Franklin Luther Arnold Sr.

Franklin Luther Arnold Sr. Franklin Luther Arnold Sr., 89, of Reedley, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013, and came into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Frank was born November 10, 1923, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Franklin and Carrie Arnold, had three sisters, Mary, Claire, and Doris, and many nieces and nephews. Frank grew up in Utah, joined the Army Air Corps as a photo-reconnaissance pilot during WW2, serving in China. He met and then married his one and only love, Doris "Pat" Patton, on August 29, 1946. Frank and Pat moved to Colorado where they attended Denver Bible College, then moved to Portland, OR, attending Multnomah School of the Bible, with the intent to return to China as missionaries, but China became closed to missionaries when the communists came into power in 1949. After Bible College, Frank and Pat moved to Pomona, CA, where Frank became a Sears salesman, and there raised a family of 5 children: Caroline Reece, Lydia (Ron) Swearingen, Terese (Jim) Sheldrake, Deborah (Robin) Purves, and Franklin (Christina) Arnold Jr.. Frank and Pat were married for 67 years. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Frank and Pat moved to Elderwood, CA, in 1969, where Frank continued to work for Sears, and then became a car salesman. After retirement they moved to Dinuba and attended First Baptist Church, pastored by Tom Carter, who was such an encouragement to the family and a great friend to Frank. They then settled in Reedley. Throughout his adult life, Frank had a passion to share with others his love of God, and the forgiveness from sin God gives through Jesus Christ, with the gift of eternal life in heaven after death. His desire was for people to really know and trust God with their lives so they could experience true peace and joy. As a WW2 pilot and then upon his death, Frank truly did experience what John Gillespie Magee, Jr., wrote in the poem, "High Flight" -- "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air . . . Up, up the long, delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark, or ever eagle flew - And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God." We thank God for the time we had with Frank and look forward to being reunited one day with him in heaven. "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live." John 11:25


Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Oct. 5, 2013
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