Lester James McArthur, 88, a resident of Phoenix, passed away January 19, 2019.
Mac was a beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather.
He was born on June 15, 1930 in Cartecay, Georgia to Lester James McArthur Sr. and Lola McArthur.
He lived in Georgia until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He was stationed in West Germany as an instrument specialist and served until 1955.
Mac met the love of his life, Dorothy, in 1951, and married her the next year. They were inseparable for 66 years until his death. She says he was perfect to her.
Dorothy and Mac had four daughters, one of whom died as an infant. Mac treasured his daughters and grandchildren, and he was happiest around Dorothy and his family.
He graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a degree in electrical engineering. He was an electrical engineer for more than 30 years.
His true passion, though, was photography. He could be seen on every family outing and vacation with a camera hanging around his neck and a wide grin.
He was Christian, and he volunteered as a photographer for his church.
An artist, he liked painting and woodworking. He also loved to hunt and fish. When his family was young, he liked to take them boating and camping. Later, with his grandsons, he went fly fishing.
He was a caring and humble man. His relentlessly positive nature taught us all a lot about life.
Mac is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Francis; daughter, Jane, and her spouse, Dave; daughter, Mary, and her husband Robert; daughter, Anne; nephew, Michael; grandchildren Ryan, Jason, Rob, James, Michael, Michelle and Robin; four great-grandchildren; and two bonus great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Sue, and his grandson, John.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Sunrise Methodist Church
19234 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027 623-780-1008
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