William Oscar “Bill” Arnold
William Oscar “Bill” Arnold, age 80 of Goodyear, AZ passed away October 23, 2018, after a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Bill was born in Buckeye, AZ on March 24, 1938, to Odis Lee and Lillie Mae Arnold, the ninth of twelve children. He served in the US Air Force and had a BA degree from Phoenix College. He worked for Smitty’s grocery store for 25 years as a systems manager. He served on the Goodyear city council for eight years and he was elected mayor of Goodyear for four terms and later as a representative in the Arizona State House of Representatives.
Bill is preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his three sons, Lynda, and siblings, Gentry, Cletis, Hazel, Frankie, Edna, Richard, and Arlene. He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn “Joey”; sons, Shaun (Heidi), Shane, and Shannon (Carri); brothers, Clemie (Gerre), Kenny (Angie), and David (Edda); grandchildren, Seth, Alex, Nathan, Haley, Shane Michael, Ryan, and Logan; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration Of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the PebbleCreek Community Eagle’s Nest Country Club Ballroom, 3645 Club House Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85395. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to KareBears at PebbleCreek, The Southwest Lending Closet or Three Rivers Historical Society.
My love and prayers are with you Joey! Bill was a wonderful man, husband and friend to so many! God Bless you and Bill’s family!
My sincere condolences to Joey and family. Rest in peace Bill – you will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May God give you the strength to endure the pain of your loss. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I lost a good friend Bill. You were so supportive of me as Chaplain of GYPD. Thank you my friend. I always enjoyed your cards of encouragement they always arrived when I needed them most. Rest my friend your work is done but never forgotten.
We are both so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your families. Bill was a true public servant and will be missed by many. God bless
Mel and Dawn
I was diagnosed with breast cancer some 19 years ago while working for the City of Goodyear. I will never forget Mayor Arnold’s kindness. To have his support and caring thoughts during that time meant so much to me. The card he sent during my recovery from surgery will always be remembered with love. Condolences and love to his family. He deeply touched my life.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Deepest sympathy to you and your family, Joey. Bill help guide our city to what it is today and put a foundation in place that will continue forever. At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this.
Bill is a pleasant childhood memory. I was a step-daughter to Clemie and Bill always had a welcoming smile and kind word. Over the years I have kept up, thru the media, noticing his tremendous Community Service and just felt compelled to send my condolences, without imposing at the Service.