LOS ANGELES (Sept. 3) – It is with heartfelt sorrow that the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) announces the unexpected death of 2012 C.A.R. Past President LeFrancis Arnold yesterday in Los Angeles.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about LeFrancis’ sudden passing. LeFrancis was a great leader and an inspiration to all who worked with him, and his contribution to organized real estate is immeasurable,” said C.A.R. President Don Faught. “I’m proud to have served on C.A.R.’s 2012 leadership team with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
LeFrancis Arnold was a licensed real estate broker for 36 years and a member of organized real estate for the last 35 years. Arnold served as president of the Los Angeles County Board of REALTORS® (LACBOR) in 2008, and was the first appointed large Board NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® representative for the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® in 2006. He was first appointed C.A.R director in 1994 and was named REALTOR® of the Year by his local association in 1979 and 2008. Arnold served on numerous C.A.R. committees at the leadership level including the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning and Finance, Housing Opportunity, Housing Affordability Fund, Real Estate Finance, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity, and CREPAC. Active in his community, Arnold served as chairman of the Lynwood Economic Development Committee and was currently on the board of the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate.
A former defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, Arnold followed his mother, Evelyn, into the real estate business in 1976. Arnold became a broker the following year and a general contractor in 1979. Together, he and his mother built Excellence Realty and All Communities Escrow Services, Inc. Most recently, Arnold was a candidate for California State Assembly, 62nd District.
Arnold is survived by his mother, Evelyn; wife, Sheryl; two sons, Jason and LeFrancis II; and two grandchildren.
Funeral arrangments are as follows:
Sunday, September 8, 2013 Viewing: Noon to 5:00 P.M.
Inglewood Park Cemetery Chapel 3801 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, California 90305
Monday, September 9, 2013 Viewing 9:00 A.M to 10:00 A.M. Service begins at 10:00 A.M.
Faithful Central Bible Church 321 North Eucalyptus Avenue Inglewood, CA 90302 (Parking lot off Florence Avenue)
Immediately following the service, guests are invited to a short graveside Internment or may go directly to The Proud Bird Restaurant.
Internment: Inglewood Park Cemetery 3801 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, California 90305
Celebration of LeFrancis’ Life: The Proud Bird Restaurant 11022 Aviation Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045
In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made to:
C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation or C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund
Checks are payable to C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation or C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund c/o Le Francis Arnold Memorial Fund Mail checks to: C.A.R., 525 S. Virgil Avenue, L.A. CA 90020 To use a credit card, C.A.R. Staff will assist you and email a receipt. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org