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In Memory of

Carl H. ARNESS

May 24, 1926 - Unknown

Obituary


Carl H. Arness, Jr. was born May 24th, 1926 in Grafton North Dakota, and passed away peacefully September 18th, 2016.

His early years were spent on the farm his grandparents purchased in 1911 after immigrating from Norway. The main source of entertainment was the radio where they listened to their favorite programs, The Lone Ranger and Fibber McGee & Mollie. He attended a one room school which he recalled had a 2-hole "tupi house" with the standard toilet paper of the time, Sears and Wards catalogs.

He graduated high school in 1944 followed...

Carl H. Arness, Jr. was born May 24th, 1926 in Grafton North Dakota, and passed away peacefully September 18th, 2016.

His early years were spent on the farm his grandparents purchased in 1911 after immigrating from Norway. The main source of entertainment was the radio where they listened to their favorite programs, The Lone Ranger and Fibber McGee & Mollie. He attended a one room school which he recalled had a 2-hole "tupi house" with the standard toilet paper of the time, Sears and Wards catalogs.

He graduated high school in 1944 followed by a degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University in 1949. Following graduation from WSU he was hired by the US Geological Survey Surface Water Board and was assigned to measure the rivers all over the state of Washington. It was at that time that he concluded he should go to graduate school with 3 of his co-workers. All 3 resigned and enrolled at the University of Washington to pursue studies in Sanitary Engineering. He received his Masters from the University of Washington in 1951.

After completing his MS program, he was hired by the University of California to work at the downtown Berkeley office at the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering Research Center. While there he was assigned to go to Crescent City to evaluate their wastewater and treatment system. Carl asked what the chief had in mind, the boss replied "If I have to tell you what to do, I could go up there and do it myself in no time, use your imagination", thus giving him the right to fail. Carl remembered this and it became his philosophy to give his staff "the right to fail"

In 1954 he was licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer from the State of Washington, and then in 1958 he registered as a Civil & Professional Engineer from the California State Board.

Carl moved to Redding in 1961 to work for the City of Redding and was dedicated to the city from then on. He started as its chief engineer and rose to Public Works Director until his retirement in 1988. He decided to run for Redding City Council to be a voice in the future direction of the city he cared so much about. Even after serving on the City Council he was frequently seen, and heard, at the public meetings until he left us.

He was an avid skier. While working for UC Berkeley he joined the ski club, the ski patrol and was accepted as a member of the National Ski Patrol (#1873). His passion for skiing led him to opening a ski school, and as his children and their friends can attest, he always stressed the need for rhythm in skiing.

When the snow wasn't falling, the racquetball and tennis courts would be the place to find Carl. He stayed very active even after his heart bypass surgeries. Along the way he found woodworking to keep him busy. He made all sorts of treasures from kid's toys and lamps to exotic segmented bowls that were complicated and beautiful. He always said that the best stuff he made was sawdust. He continued to use his lathe even after finding it difficult to get around on his painful hips. Carl had his first hip replacement on his 90th birthday in May, followed by the second replacement in August. His wife Lupe was an amazing supporter during this time.

He married Beverly Branch in 1955 and had four children before divorcing in 1975.

He married Lupe Cilenti in 1977. They travelled the world together and he would always return with a detailed review of the beers from the different regions.

Although he was involved in various organizations, he was most active in the Lions Breakfast Club, American Association of Public Works (Past Branch Chairman), Shasta Woodworkers, and Shasta Dixieland Jazz Festival board member.

Carl is survived by his wife Lupe, and children Dave (Julie), Matt (Cheryl), Pam (Mark) Litwiller, Sandi (Anthony) Zissimos, Joe (Julie) Cilenti, Steve Cilenti (Victoria Pickering), Linda Cilenti, his sister Lee Corns as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration is planned for October 29th from 1pm to 4pm at Riverview Country Club in Redding.

Contributions may be made to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, or Shasta Public Libraries, Redding, CA.

Arrangements under the direction of McDonald's Chapel, Redding, CA.