La Grande, Oregon
David S. Arnott III, 71, of La Grande, died Jan. 9 at his home. A celebration of life will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in La Grande.
Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Arnott was born July 30, 1935, to David S. Arnott II and Sharoo (Peterson) Arnott in La Grande.
He was educated in La Mesa, Calif., and then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam.
He served his country for 22 years, including being part of the recovery crew for Apollo 15.
He then worked for General Dynamics in San Diego for many years. He moved back to La Grande in 1990.
Mr. Arnott was chaplain and a very active participant of the American Legion. He was also a member of the VFW and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed collecting guns, fiddle music, model airplanes and model trains. He was an avid reader.
Survivors include his daughters, Dawn Smith of Sutherlin, and Dora Esmeraldo-Aguayo of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother and his wife, Jim and Lisa Arnott of Union; a companion, Antoinette Gilmer of La Grande; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Arnott.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan. 13, 2006, Published: January 13, 2007