MADAWASKA - Donald H. Arnold Sr., 86, died Dec. 9, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility following a period of ill health. He was born Oct. 8, 1927, in Auburn, the son of Lyman and Ethel (Porter) Arnold.
He was a graduate of Edward Little High School. Following graduation Donald joined the U.S. Air Force
serving for three years during World War II
. He attained the rank of S. Sgt working as a radio operator. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force he attended the University of Maine in Orono graduating with a Bachelors Degree and later with a Master Degree in Education.
Donald was married to Frances (Maxwell) Arnold who predeceased him on March 25, 2003, following 51 years of marriage.
Mr. Arnold or "Coach" as he was affectionately called taught Health and Physical Education at Madawaska High School for 31 years. During his time there he was the Varsity Basketball Coach and the Athletic Director. After his retirement from the High School he became the Sports Editor at the St. John Valley Times for 20 years. He served the Town of Madawaska as their Recreation Director. He was a member of the Madawaska Rotary Club
, and avid golfer and sportsman. He was a special New York Yankee fan.
He is survived by two sons, Donald Arnold Jr., of Nashua, N.H., and Richard Arnold and his fiancée, Margo Albert, of Milford; one daughter, Kim Norris of Dixmont; two sisters, Joyce Coyne of Lisbon, and Gerry Woodhead of California; six grandchildren, Kristi Dugal and her partner, Darren Frost, Kelly Drennan and her husband, John, Mathew Arnold, Michael Arnold, Christopher Becker, and Alicia Norris; and four great-grandchildren, Brianna, Trevor, Emily, and Abby. He will also be remembered by daughters-in-law, Sharon Arnold and Lucille Arnold. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Collins; his brother "Putt" Arnold; his grandson, Dana Arnold; and his son-in-law, Scott Norris.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted in late spring at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Madawaska. Burial will also take place in late spring at St. David Cemetery, St. David. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes please visit: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com