oy Arnold Dickens Jr., 50, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on April 9, 2007, in Redmond, Ore., after a long illness.
He was born June 5, 1956, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved with his family at a young age to Marcola, Ore., where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from North Eugene High School in 1974 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. His first assignment was as a member of the Presidential Honor Guard during the Nixon and Ford administrations in Washington, D.C. He later saw duty as an electrician's mate on board the USCG cutter Boutwell, stationed out of Winchester Bay, Ore., and ported in Seattle.
Returning to civilian life, Mr. Dickens' career included work as an electrician for Beacon Electric and in facilities maintenance for the Boulders on the River apartment complex in Eugene, and as a Customer Service Representative for I-Sky in Bend. Mr. Dickens furthered his education with computer science and business courses at Lane Community College in Eugene. He was most proud of the contributions he made to the City of Eugene as a member of the Human Rights Commission for six years.
Mr. Dickens enjoyed studying ancient history, collecting ancient coins, fishing and photography.
Mr. Dickens is survived by: his mother and stepfather Susan and Larry Kim of Lancaster, Calif.; his father and stepmother LeRoy Arnold Dickens Sr., and Diane Dickens of Marcola; sisters Cindy Stephenson of Portland, Ore., and Deborah Miller of St. Michael's, Md.; and long-time companion Leslie Thornton of Redmond.
Other members of Mr. Dickens' family are: sisters Angie Brown of Bend; Michelle Hansen of Marcola and Bill Kim of Lancaster, Calif. His extended family includes Tony Laemmle of Bend, Brad Laemmle of Marcola and Julie Dumas of Bend, and lots of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial gravesite service is planned for next week at the Mabel Pioneer Cemetery near Marcola.