Mark L. Arnold

Mark L. ArnoldMark Lee Arnold passed away from natural causes Oct. 17, 2019. He was 74.

He was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Astoria, Ore., the youngest of five boys. He grew up in Hayden Lake, Sandpoint and Asotin in both Washington and Idaho.

While playing in a band, he met the love of his life, Linda Arnold. Jan. 15, 2020, would have been their 55th anniversary.

He enlisted in the Navy, and two days after they were married he was deployed on USS Iwo Jima to Vietnam on two occasions.

He was one of the first computer programmers in the Navy and later went to school and became a meteorologist/oceanographer (weather man).

He transferred to Hawaii twice, Ford Ord; Yokohama and Yokosuka, Japan; Coronado and then China Lake, where he retired in 1987.

He loved photography and had the pleasure of meeting Ansel Adams. His other passions were reading, trains, music, woodworking, rock hunting, theology, sculpting with copper and plants.

Linda and Mark moved in the early 1990s to Lewiston, Idaho, where Linda was born, to help her parents. Then they moved to Bremerton, Wash., to start fresh.

Due to failing health, they moved back to Ridgecrest to be near their two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Arnold; mother, Neva Arnold; and brothers, Bob, Jack, Clarence and Ralph Neil Arnold.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Arnold; daughters, Collene Arnold and Vicki Seaman and husband Kurt Seaman; and grandchildren Alicia Seaman, Jacob Arnold and Kevin Seaman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

— Submitted by the family of Mark Arnold

Story First Published: 2019-11-01