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ARTHUR AVRIT Arthur Merle Avrit went to be with his Lord on December 15, 2012. Arthur was born to Carl and Stella Avrit on June 11, 1932 in Vacaville, CA. His family moved to Chico in 1947 and Art graduated from Chico High School in 1949. He entered Oregon State College the next fall and majored in Dairy Husbandry while also being in the ROTC. After graduating from Oregon State in 1954, he took his ROTC training into the US Army as a 2nd Lt. and trained to be a pilot. He served his country overseas in Germany until 1958 and discharged from the Army as a 1st Lt. Upon his return home, he began to use his dairy husbandry degree and develop the herd of Arcon Registered Holsteins with his wife Connie Paine whom he had married in 1953 before graduating from Oregon State. He and his family moved to Chico in 1965 and this is where he would apply his trade and raise his family. Throughout his distinguished career, Arthur served on many boards; California Holstein Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Northern California Holstein Assoc. president and many others. He also served as an Elder in the First Christian Church of Orland and served on the Plaza School Board. Arthur sold his herd in 2004 and moved on to solely be an almond farmer. He expanded the almond orchard to include most of the previous dairy farm grounds. After Connie's passing in 2002, Art married Gayle Mandel in 2003 and they spent 9 glorious years together. Arthur is survived by his wife, Gayle; daughters, Lisa Morgan (Kerry), Linda McGuire (Dennis) and Leslie Hancock (Mark); his sons, Douglas Avrit (Amy) and Daniel Avrit (Cindy); step-children, Susan Collins (Larry), Janette Ort (Dave), Kathy Ruhl (Greg) and Karen Gonzalez (Donald). He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Avrit (Marilyn) and Stanley Avrit (Diane); sisters, Marjorie Rudolph (Bob) and Carol Baker (Ed); and 21 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Orland. Donations may be made in his honor to the First Christian Church of Orland Mission Fund, in care of the Newton Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. You may share your thoughts and memories of Art online at NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 20, 2012
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