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Dirck W. Arrowsmith

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Beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Dirck W. Arrowsmith, 89, saw the face of God on April 7, 2015.

Dirck, a long time resident of Yuba City, was born in Orange, New Jersey to Walton and Thirza Arrowsmith.

He attended North Fulton High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated with honors. Dirck began his literary career here, winning a contest that was aired on Atlanta's largest radio stations.

Dirck went on to major in Engineering at Duke University prior to serving as First Communications Officer, amphibious forces, Pacific, during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he continued his education at San Jose State College receiving his degree in Advertising. There, he met and married a "Smart good-looking girl", Jean Williams Arrowsmith who was attending college at Berkeley.

Upon graduation, he worked in the Advertising Department of the San Jose Mercury-News. Dirck was first place winner of a national advertising campaign for two consecutive years. He answered the question of " I wonder where the yellow went, when I brushed my teeth with Pepsodent? "

Arrowsmith moved his family to Woodland, CA to join Western Farm Chemical Company, which his father owned and operated. His father's failing health prompted Dirck to give up his love of the written word, and help with the family fertilizer business. From then on, he referred to himself as "The Poop Peddler".

When the business was sold to John Taylor Fertilizer in Woodland, Dirck worked as their regional sales manager in crop-dusting. In a bright yellow crop-duster, his love of flying was fulfilled. But his greater love was the water. At the age of one year, Dirck learned how to swim instead of walk at the beach at Fire Island, New York. From age five years on, he spent every summer at his folks bungalow on East Quogue, Long Island, New York. He spent endless hours riding the waves, digging and eating clams, and sailing. Later in life, he enjoyed deep-sea fishing in Mexico, water-skiing at Tahoe and pheasant hunting. He was the captain of his water polo team and wrestling team at Duke University. Dirck was an avid reader and received great enjoyment from a well-turned phrase, or a joke well delivered. He read a book a week for his entire life, until his sight finally failed him.

Arrowsmith was named to the Board of Directors of Fremont Medical Center in 1970 and served as President from 1978-1982. He resigned to become their Director of Development. Dirck accomplished the unexpected feat of raising over one million dollars for a new hospital wing. The Tree of Life was established on the wall of the new wing as a tribute to Arrowsmith and each individual community donor. Retiring from hospital service, he established Arrowsmith Ink, a printing brokerage firm.

As a former member of Woodland Rotary, he joined the Yuba City Club in 1962, served as President in 1968-69, and was given the highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Dirck contributed hundreds of hours of service to his community. He was a sincere Episcopalian and Senior Warden; a member of the Yuba Sutter Aero Squadron and Special Deputy Sheriff of Yuba-Sutter Counties; served as Director of the Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Mary Aaron Scholarship Foundation; Chairman of the United Way Drive; Charter President of the Sutter Beauts Square Dance Club; member of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco; and received awards from Yuba City Unified School District for his "time, talent and skill" on behalf of the students.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jean Arrowsmith. He is survived by two daughters and a son: Susan McFerson (William) of Sacramento, CA, Barbara Arrowsmith of Santa Rosa, CA, and Stephen Arrowsmith of Chico, CA.

Dirck was an adoring and "super fun" grandfather to Molly McFerson Smith (Craig) of Yuba City, CA and Jamie Lou McFerson of Sacramento, CA.

He left a note to his family in which he said "Had a blast in this life and will be put to rest with a smile upon my face". He even suggested his own version of his obituary to include, and I quote: "When Grandpa Dirck dies, you are allowed a tear or two, but keep it light. Believing in the resurrection and in the forgiveness of God, I am happier now than you are. Besides, I died aboard ship in the Sea of Cortez, after landing a 685 pound marlin".

A service of celebration will be held this Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 1pm at Trinity Anglican Church. The address is 929 11th Street, Marysville, CA. Fellowship will follow.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 14, 2015
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