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Albert L. Arnold Feb. 4, 1928 - Sept. 6, 2017 Resident of Walnut Creek Albert L. Arnold, 89, passed away peacefully on September 6th. He was able to have many meaningful visits with family and friends before his passing. Al was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Vallejo, and lived in Walnut Creek for more than 50 years. Al proudly served in the United States Air Force for three years which included a two year assignment in Okinawa. Al attended UC Berkeley and absolutely loved Cal. He earned a BS degree and worked as an electromechanical technician in oceanographic work for many years. Al had several careers before settling in as an Athletic Director for over 30 years, including managing the Quail Court Athletic Club in Walnut Creek and Big C Athletic Club in Concord. Al was an exercise and fitness guru and worked with numerous local professional athletesincluding members of the A's, Giants, Warriors and Raiders. Al is famous in the running community. In 1977, at age 49, Al was the first person to run solo from Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney 145 miles. This tremendous accomplishment led to the annual event known as the Badwater Ultramarathon which has been described as the world's toughest footrace. In 2002 Al attended the race and was the first inductee into the Badwater Hall of Fame. Al's true passion was jogging, for hours and sometimes days on end. He was fondly nicknamed the 'Joggernaut' by Jacques Cousteau. Al especially loved Mt. Diablo, covering every inch of the mountain solo and with friends. Across his life, Al always had an affinity for animals and nature. He took great pride in the 100+ trees he planted in the front and back yards of his home. Al is survived by his brother, two daughters, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow runners and athletes. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Please visit the inline tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al's name to any of the following charities: Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, www.mdia.org Death Valley Natural History Association, www.dvnha.org Contra Costa Humane Society, www.cchumane.org Passalacqua Funeral Chapel (707) 745-3130 www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com
Published in East Bay Times on Sept. 13, 2017
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