ENCINITAS – Arnold Dauman, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006.
Arne was born in the Bronx, New York City, on September 24, 1916, to parents Ella and Louis Dauman. He had one sister, Grace. As a child, he liked playing stickball in the streets and drinking egg creams. He was engaged to his love, Norma Stevens, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He joined the Marine Corps, and he and Norma were married in 1942, while he was at Quantico. Arne served in the Pacific as a radio operator with the Raiders, and all his life, he was very proud to have been a Marine and a Marine Raider.
After the war, he and Norma had three daughters, Jayne, Nancy, and Lucinda. The family moved to Encinitas in 1959. Arne worked for many years as a litigation specialist for the Automobile Club of Southern California and made lifelong friends there. He found a passion for tennis and joined Cardiff Courts Tennis Club, later Bobby Riggs Tennis Club, where he loved playing, watching, joking with people, and making more friends. He was a member of a local book club which has been meeting for over 20 years. He was not shy about expressing his opinions and he dearly loved teasing and being teased. He enlivened many a book club meeting and made more fast friendships in the process.
Arne was a courtly gentleman, a loyal friend to many, sometimes cantankerous, always generous, sweet, funny, smart, and full of love for his family. Norma died in 1985 and he missed her like crazy. Arne died almost 21 years to the day after Norma, on September 19, 2006. He would have been 90 on September 24th. His family, friends, and all whose lives he brightened miss him.
A ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Quail Botanical Gardens. He is survived by his daughters, Jayne Johnson, Nancy Celick and Lucinda Maison.