Donald Michael Arnott
Aug 9, 1931 - Mar 26, 2016
Donald Michael Arnott, 84, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, California following a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Arnott in August of 2000, and by his son Scott Arnott in 1981. He is survived by three sons, Anthony Arnott, Tyron Arnott and Chris Arnott, by his daughter, Elizabeth Arnott, and by his five granddaughters.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, the son of John and Mary (Gelber) Arnott, he was a long time resident of North Highlands, California.
At the early age of thirteen Mr. Arnott ran away from home to join the circus, where he was given the task of elephant washing. He also traveled to Southern California to see the homes of stars and to obtain the autographs of his favorites. He joined the United states Army when he was old enough and served in Korea.
After his discharge from the Army Mr. Arnott joined the United States Air Force during which he served two terms in Vietnam. He met his wife, Pauline Polanco while a soldier and they married on June 16th, 1956 at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Mr. Arnott retired from the Air Force after twenty years of service with the rank of Staff Sargent in October of 1972. He always had a great love for his brothers in arms and was patriotic throughout his life.
After retiring from the Air Force Mr. Arnott then joined the United States Post Office where he worked as a letter carrier for an additional twenty years. He loved his job as he was an outgoing and friendly person who enjoyed meeting people.
Mr. Arnott volunteered at the Sacramento Food Bank during his retirement years. He was an avid reader and a great movie buff, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters.
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