Chariton Arnold “Arnie” Ferrin, Jr lived a long and remarkable life of 97 years. He was raised in Ogden, Utah by his paternal grandparents after the passing of his mother Ellen Copening Ferrin when he was four. His father, C. Arnold Ferrin, was out of town often for work as he tried to support his small family and was unavailable to rear his young son. From an early age, Arnie had an extraordinary work ethic and competitive spirit that was veiled by his gentle and gregarious nature. These traits guided him as a father and leader, defining much of his life.

As a competitor and athlete his story is long, engaging and told in detail in many news articles and books. Some of the highlights include making the All-State Team when he played basketball at Ogden High School, being a four-year All-American player at the University of Utah and while there, playing on the winning NCAA, NIT and AAU National Championship Teams. As a freshman he was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament, the first freshman to earn the award. He was drafted by the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers and was a starting guard/forward for three years winning two World Championships. He was a more than adequate coach of his sons’ little league basketball teams. Arnie was an excellent golfer and was twice a semifinalist in the Utah State Amateur Golf Championship.

Arnie collaborated with his father in numerous business ventures. In the early 1970’s, he became General Manager of the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association. He later returned to his alma mater working in several capacities including a long tenure as the Director of Athletics. Perhaps the endeavor he enjoyed the most were the years he spent on the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee including as its Chair on the 50th Anniversary of the tournament.

While attending the University of Utah, Arnie was smitten by a coed who loved theater, art and music and who had little interest in all things athletics. After a few missteps, he got a date with RoLayne Rasmussen and slowly won her over. He likely told her that he would attend as many theater events as she would attend sporting events, which turned out to be untrue by a factor of thousands. Nevertheless, they fell in love, united their interests and collaborated on a passionate and unending love affair for over 50 years. Arnie showed his true character when he lovingly cared for her and helped her back to health and independence after she suffered a severe health crisis in her mid-30’s and again in her mid-60’s. With RoLayne, Arnie had four children: Chariton Arnold III “Tres”, Richard Bard, Louanne and Shawn Christian.

Arnie was the adventure guide for his family. He worked hard finding the best places to fish and hunt. He was known to drag his children and their friends at breakneck speeds around the snow-covered streets of Ogden tethered to an inner tube behind his Forest Service surplus Willys Jeep. He set fire to a speed boat on the Colorado River and later sunk the boat on the Snake River. He attended all of their events and turned trick or treating into a competitive event, where children could toss ping pong balls for cash. He and RoLayne welcomed family and friends to their second home in Palm Springs. Arnie and a group of his closest friends found their way onto the most challenging and exclusive golf courses in the world.

As their children married, Sherry Ellis, MaryAnn Morley, Robert Davis and Charlotte Johnson were welcomed as family and joined in on his adventures. His grandchildren: Chariton Seth Ferrin, Devery Ferrin Tingey, Joshua Shawn Ferrin, Jessica Ferrin Nance, Carlyle Ferrin, Chariton Layne “Ari” Davis, Peter Christian Ferrin, and Michael Bard Ferrin also enjoyed his escapades. Arnie was proud of his heritage that also includes: 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Stoically and with grace, Arnie endured the untimely passing of his wife RoLayne, his son Bard, and his grandson Seth.

Arnie was lucky to find Patricia Warshaw Panos as a dear and loving companion later in life. They dated for three years and were married for 17 years. They helped each other grow old gracefully. Her kind and happy spirit combined well with Arnie’s fun-loving lifestyle. Arnie often complained about having to pay $50 for their marriage license. Pat recited poetry and sang songs she had made up about him. As aging took away some of their abilities, Arnie noted that they still complemented each other by stating, “ The two of us together make one pretty good person.”

Arnie was a man of faith who had a deep love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoyed the community and connection he had within his church and, among other callings, was honored to serve as a bishop to university students and as President of the Michigan Dearborn Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Arnie was proud of his long association with the University of Utah and was a true “Utah Man.” He was rarely seen wearing any color but red; he attended and supported every sport. He was proud and humbled when the U honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Arnie was a natural storyteller. He loved retelling stories of his adventures. Arnie moved with elegance through life (except for his backswing and back cast which were way too fast). He had enviable eyebrows and an ever-present soft heart. He lived a remarkable life that he would likely sum up succinctly using a favorite phrase, “pretty work”. Indeed Arnie, pretty work.

His family is grateful for the team of healthcare professionals who helped make these last challenging times safe and comfortable. They include: Kate Wilson M.D.; Monica; Canyon Home Care and Hospice; his nurse, Marie. His caregivers: Tiffany, Miranda, Gohaar and many others. He was also cared for by: Nelsy, Tui and her group including: Naki, Jazey, Mote and more.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm with a viewing one hour before at the Indian Hills Ward, 1320 Wasatch Drive, SLC. Also, a viewing will be held at the same location on Friday, January 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A celebration of life for Arnie’s family and friends will be hosted immediately after the funeral in the Varsity Room at Rice-Eccles Stadium from 2:00-3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Crimson Club to fund scholarships for student athletes by calling 801-585-3515.

Services will be livestreamed for those unable to attend at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81273676773. You must have a free Zoom account and be logged in to join the livestream.

Services

Viewing

Friday, Jan. 06, 2023 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Indian Hills Ward
1320 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Viewing

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Indian Hills Ward
1320 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Funeral Service

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Indian Hills Ward
1320 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Graveside Service

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Larkin Sunset Lawn
2350 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Celebration of Life

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Varsity Room, Rice-Eccles Stadium
451 1400 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Services Handled By

Larkin Mortuary
260 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Wonderful man

Randy. Whicker Jan 07, 2023

Wonderful man

Randy. Whicker Jan 07, 2023

Speaking with Arnie was always so interesting, I enjoyed hearing the different experiences and stories he had from throughout his life. I noticed how kind and thoughtful he was to others; he had such a kind heart and always seemed to think of others before himself. We were at a family gathering on Pat's side of the family, he was leaning over towards Pat and took her hand to hold it, that was so sweet and endearing. I am grateful to have known him! I send hugs prayers of comfort to all of his family; he will be greatly missed.

Sandy Whicker , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Jan 07, 2023

Speaking with Arnie was always so interesting, I enjoyed hearing the different experiences and stories he had from throughout his life. I noticed how kind and thoughtful he was to others; he had such a kind heart and always seemed to think of others before himself. We were at a family gathering on Pat's side of the family, he was leaning over towards Pat and took her hand to hold it, that was so sweet and endearing. I am grateful to have known him! I send hugs prayers of comfort to all of his family; he will be greatly missed.

Sandy Whicker , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Jan 07, 2023

Speaking with Arnie was always so interesting, I enjoyed hearing the different experiences and stories he had from throughout his life. I noticed how kind and thoughtful he was to others; he had such a kind heart and always seemed to think of others before himself. We were at a family gathering on Pat's side of the family, he was leaning over towards Pat and took her hand to hold it, that was so sweet and endearing. I am grateful to have known him! I send hugs prayers of comfort to all of his family; he will be greatly missed.

Sandy Whicker , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Jan 07, 2023

Speaking with Arnie was always so interesting, I enjoyed hearing the different experiences and stories he had from throughout his life. I noticed how kind and thoughtful he was to others; he had such a kind heart and always seemed to think of others before himself. We were at a family gathering on Pat's side of the family, he was leaning over towards Pat and took her hand to hold it, that was so sweet and endearing. I am grateful to have known him! I send hugs prayers of comfort to all of his family; he will be greatly missed.

Sandy Whicker , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Jan 07, 2023

Speaking with Arnie was always so interesting, I enjoyed hearing the different experiences and stories he had from throughout his life. I noticed how kind and thoughtful he was to others; he had such a kind heart and always seemed to think of others before himself. We were at a family gathering on Pat's side of the family, he was leaning over towards Pat and took her hand to hold it, that was so sweet and endearing. I am grateful to have known him! I send hugs prayers of comfort to all of his family; he will be greatly missed.

Sandy Whicker , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Jan 07, 2023

My love and hugs to the Ferrin Family. Arnie was one of a kind and a consistent friend. His stories… that pause for effect… and then the contagious smile and laugh… he was just fun!

Memories with my mom and dad and Arnie and Ro, and later with loyal Pat, are treasures to the Crawford family. With appreciation and love!

MaryLou Crawford , Sandy, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

My love and hugs to the Ferrin Family. Arnie was one of a kind and a consistent friend. His stories… that pause for effect… and then the contagious smile and laugh… he was just fun!

Memories with my mom and dad and Arnie and Ro, and later with loyal Pat, are treasures to the Crawford family. With appreciation and love!

MaryLou Crawford , Sandy, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

My love and hugs to the Ferrin Family. Arnie was one of a kind and a consistent friend. His stories… that pause for effect… and then the contagious smile and laugh… he was just fun!

Memories with my mom and dad and Arnie and Ro, and later with loyal Pat, are treasures to the Crawford family. With appreciation and love!

MaryLou Crawford , Sandy, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

My love and hugs to the Ferrin Family. Arnie was one of a kind and a consistent friend. His stories… that pause for effect… and then the contagious smile and laugh… he was just fun!

Memories with my mom and dad and Arnie and Ro, and later with loyal Pat, are treasures to the Crawford family. With appreciation and love!

MaryLou Crawford , Sandy, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

My love and hugs to the Ferrin Family. Arnie was one of a kind and a consistent friend. His stories… that pause for effect… and then the contagious smile and laugh… he was just fun!

Memories with my mom and dad and Arnie and Ro, and later with loyal Pat, are treasures to the Crawford family. With appreciation and love!

MaryLou Crawford , Sandy, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

Dear Pat, thanks for the fun stories you always told us about Arnie at our aerobics class. We missed you when you left to take care of him, but we always knew you were a fun and caring companion. I send my love to you and condolences to all of the special

family you enjoyed together.

Arnie has a legacy that will live forever. Mary Jean Waddell

Mary Jean Waddell , Lindon, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

Dear Pat, thanks for the fun stories you always told us about Arnie at our aerobics class. We missed you when you left to take care of him, but we always knew you were a fun and caring companion. I send my love to you and condolences to all of the special

family you enjoyed together.

Arnie has a legacy that will live forever. Mary Jean Waddell

Mary Jean Waddell , Lindon, UT, US Jan 04, 2023

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