Arthur Elsworth Edmunson

Arthur Elsworth EdmunsonArthur “Art” Elsworth Edmunson of Euclid, Ohio. passed away peacefully of issues related to age at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, at 2 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 18, 2018, at the age of 79. He was born in Coalinga on May 12th, 1939, to Arthur Edwin and Mary Ella (Colvin) Edmunson.

Art served honorably for 10 years in the U.S. Navy (1958-1968). Upon release from Navy service he continued his education, receiving an associate’s degree from Fresno State University. He then went to work for the Department of Defense at China Lake Naval Weapons Center as a police officer, where he advanced to the rank of lieutenant. During his career he continued his education, receiving several specialized degrees and certificates. He retired from his federal security career, having worked in several departments there.

His hobbies as a young man included building race cars and other vehicles. As an adult he had a fondness for hunting and fishing.

He served in many civic and religious organizations. He was a member of the 32nd Degree Masons, Scottish Rite Masons and Shriners, which he joined in the Philippines while he was serving in the U.S. Navy.

He also, along with his “eternal sweetheart” Barbara, held many Latter-day Saints church callings, including serving two LDS missions, once as stake missionaries in Ridgecrest (1993-1995) and once as service missionaries serving as hosts at “Cove Fort” located in Millard County, Utah (2003-2005).

Art had a wonderful time raising his own children as well as many foster children. His pride and joy were his grandchildren and their accomplishments. He possessed a deep passion for others around him. Telling his “stories” kept all entertained and in awe of the unbelievable things that he had seen and done as a younger man.

He is survived by his lovely bride of 60 years, Barbara Louise; their daughters Denise Workman (Roscoe), Regina Kamilar (Gregg) and Sara Hendricks (William), eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services were on Sept. 27-28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Military honors (provided by American Legion Post 19), dedication of the grave and interment followed the funeral services at the Pony Express Memorial Cemetery (Eagle Mountain Cemetery), Eagle Mountain, Utah.

— Submitted by the family of Arthur Edmunson

Story First Published: 2018-10-12