Arnie Gaynor dies at 83; world record thrower, WMA champSouthern California Striders president Brenda Matthews shares sad news: “With great sadness,Â I would like to announce the passing one of the greatest masters thrower, Arnie Gaynor. His memorial service will take place on Wednesday, December 7, at 12 noon at Fairhaven Memorial Parkâ€”Waverly Chapel, 1702 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana. Everyone is invited to join his family in celebrating the life of Arnie Gaynor. Following the service, Diane, his daughter, invited everyoneÂ to enjoyÂ a full lunch at Orange Hill Restaurant complete with beer and wine, she reminded me this was a celebration of life. Below is a copy of Arnie’s obituary.”
Arnold Ehret (Arnie) Gaynor (1928 – 2011)
Arnold (Arnie) Ehret Gaynor, 83, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, educator, coach, and world-record holding Senior Masters thrower, passed away peacefully in his Palm Desert, Calif. home after battling cancer.
Gaynor was born in Guerneville, Calif. on January 19, 1928 to Ethel Pardie (Purdy) and John Edgar Marx. He earned the Distinguished Achievement-School Award from the American Legion while attending San Juan High School in Fair Oaks, Calif. From 1946 to 1948, Gaynor served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany. Upon his Honorable Discharge, Gaynor attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he met and later married Marilyn June Rogers.
The two were soul mates and enjoyed their lives together in Orange, Calif. as they raised their family and traveled throughout the United States. In 1998, after 45 years of marriage, Marilyn June lost her battle with breast and liver cancer. Blessed with a second chance at love, Gaynor married Marilyn Stuart in 1999. The two enjoyed a wonderful life in Palm Desert, traveling and participating in athletic events.
Gaynor was an American and World record holder in discus and shot put, earning #1 place finishes in his age group during the 2009 World Masters Championships in Lahti, Finland.
Sadly, in July, 2010, Marilyn Stuart Gaynor died of cancer within the Palm Desert home she and Arnie shared. A lifelong educator, Gaynor began his professional career as a middle school teacher within the Citrus Heights School District, moving on to teaching and coaching assignments at Bell Gardens High School (Bell Gardens, Calif.) and Savanna High School (Anaheim, Calif.).
From 1964 to 1980, Gaynor served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Cypress, Kennedy, Magnolia, and Nova high schools within the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD).
In 1984, Gaynor opened the Fairmont Educational Clinic where he helped dozens of students realize success in their academic performance and career placement decisions. From 1986 to 1999, Gaynor was an Adjunct Professor with United States Sports Academy and then Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for United States International University, teaching administrative courses in England, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Botswana.
Always a coach and athlete, Gaynor was a Varsity football coach and head track coach at Savanna High School during the early 60s. Throughout the 1970s, he was a coach/manager of the South Sunrise Little League in Orange, CA. In 1988, he joined the Southern California Striders Track and Field Club and competing in Senior Masters track and field competitions throughout the country and world, competing in discus, javelin, shot put, and other weight events.
As Coach Gaynor often said: “the tougher the battle, the sweeter the victory.” Gaynor earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and History from the University of California at Los Angeles, his Master’s degree in Secondary Educational Administration from Chapman University and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.
He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa (Cal State/Fullerton Chapter), Delta Epsilon (USC Chapter), UCLA Alumni Association, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon (UCLA Chapter). He served as a sponsor of Explorer Scout Post 1360 (Orange County), President of the El Modena High School Booster Club, Officer of the Orange County Career Education Leadership Council, and a member of the Orange 2000 Community Planning Project.
Gaynor is survived by his daughters, Connie Gaynor of Loveland, Colo. and Diane Gaynor-McCue of La Costa, Calif.; his sons, Arne and Matt Gaynor of Enumclaw, Wash.; grandchildren, Ryan and Devon Hoffner, Brendan Dudley Gaynor, Alicia Gaynor, and Kate McCue; his son-in-law, Steve McCue and daughter-in-law, Cecilia Gaynor; his step-daughters, Robin Noble of Orange, Calif., and Marleigh Gleicher of La Jolla, Calif.; his stepson, Charles Stuart of Rye, N.Y.; and his great-grandchildren, Josiah, Eliana and Kasen. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Waverly Chapel) in Santa Ana, Calif.
Published in The Desert Sun from DecemberÂ 1 to DecemberÂ 3,Â 2011