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William "Bruce" Arnold

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William "Bruce" Arnold Obituary
William "Bruce" Arnold

June 17, 1950

March 29, 2014

William "Bruce" Arnold passed peacefully in his sleep March 29, 2014 in Reno, NV. Bruce is survived by his father, Dr. John Arnold, brother John (Barbara), nieces Allison Arnold and Lindsay Arnold Sugden (George), and nephew Blake Arnold (Allison Jane). Bruce's mother, Wilma, predeceased him in 2007.

Born in Long Beach, California on June 17, 1950, Bruce graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1968. He attended Menlo College and then the University of Southern California where he received his degree in business in 1973.

Bruce accepted a job in the Oxnard area following graduation and worked there until Mammoth Lakes, California beckoned. A warm and engaging man with a wonderful sense of humor, Bruce lived and worked in Mammoth for over 30 years and became an integral part of the community. A successful and highly regarded real estate broker in Mammoth, Bruce believed in giving back to his community. He served on the Mammoth Board of Realtors and with his good friend, Scott Mowat, Bruce enjoyed being the voice of Mammoth's 4th of July Parade for many years.

Upon his retirement to Reno, Bruce continued his passion for community service in the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset where he was nominated as Rotarian of the Year. Bruce felt particularly honored and privileged to volunteer in the Big Brother's Big Sister's of Northern Nevada where he mentored Matthew, a young man of whom he was very proud.

Bruce was a man of many interests and talents. As a youngster he was a soloist in the St. Luke's Choristers and sang the lead in their secular performances. Bruce was also a gifted writer who loved people and telling jokes and stories. He enjoyed fly fishing, hiking and golf. He served as a volunteer for the Reno-Tahoe Open for several years. But his favorite pastimes were rooting for his beloved USC Trojan football team and playing poker. A regular at the Peppermill for many years, "Mammoth Bruce," as he was known at the table, was an excellent player.

Bruce was an extremely kind and generous man who loved to help others, particularly young people. For those wishing to make donations in memory of Bruce, the family asks that they be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada in Reno or the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset, where a youth leadership scholarship fund has been established in Bruce's name.

A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at noon June 21st at the Fleur de Lis Condominium Club House, 9900 Wilbur May Parkway, Reno, NV.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 18, 2014
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