David Stahle McArthur

David Stahle McArthur

Oct. 20, 1946 – Aug. 30, 2021

David Stahle McArthur, 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Bakersfield, California, where he had lived for 38 years.  

He was born on October 20, 1946, to Ervin and Carmen McArthur in Lovell. He was the fourth of eight children. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a masters degree in recreation administration. He worked for North of the River Recreation and Park District (NOR) for 36 years and retired in 2019, after having been their general manager for 19 years.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 19, he served a two-year mission in Northern Mexico and spent the rest of his life serving in different capacities, including his most recent as bishop of the Bakersfield Meadows Ward. 

He is known for his love of sports, especially basketball and pickle ball, his willingness to serve and his big heart. He served in numerous community organizations, especially those dedicated to the betterment of youth. Most importantly, his tremendous and unwavering love and dedication to his family will be cherished forever. 

He married his soul mate, Myra Genne Ugarte, in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 5, 1969. They have five children and 11 grandchildren. His family was the joy of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Myra, children Narik McArthur, Nisha (David) Harston, Noblik (Nicole) McArthur, Nacoree (Jon) Elsdon and Nalissy (Patrick) Donegan; grandchildren Madison (Simon) McArthur, Noe McArthur, Britnie (Brandon) Jenkins, Jacob Harston, Jaxon McArthur, London McArthur, David Elsdon, Kyla Donegan, Leila Donegan, Ethan Donegan and Declan Donegan; and siblings Barbara Janke, Ron (Leslie) McArthur, Marla Benson, Nancy (Ted) Mickelson, Steve (Susan) McArthur, Elaine (Gerald) Hoagland and Wayne (Susan) McArthur.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 50 West Main Street in Lovell. He will be laid to rest at the Lovell Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support. Condolences may be sent to the family online at kernriverfamilymortuary.com.