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 George Ray Arnett

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George Ray Arnett

Birth
Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Death
20 Jun 2019 (aged 95)
Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Burial
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot
SECTION Z SITE 51-A
Memorial ID
200733131 View Source

Sportsman, conservationist, outdoorsman, defender of 2nd Amendment
Following graduation from Point Loma High School in San Diego, Ray briefly attended the University of California, Los Angeles, before World War II intervened. He was sworn into the U.S. Marines as an enlisted man by his father, who was Officer in Charge of Recruitment for the West Coast. Ray later received a field commission in the South Pacific. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, he was sent to V-12 Officer's Candidate School at the University of Southern California where he received a 2nd Lieutenant commission and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in petroleum engineering and geology.

He was recalled to active duty by the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, serving from 1950-53, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

For 20 years Arnett was employed as an exploration petroleum geologist for Richfield Oil Corporation and led a team of scientists who drilled the first oil and gas well on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Revenues from his oil and gasoline exploration provided Alaska the tax base to become the 49th state.

Ray served under Gov. Ronald Reagan as Director of the California Department of Fish and Game from 1968-1975. In 1980 he was appointed by then President Reagan as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, overseeing the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1985 he was elected Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. He later established Arnett Associates, a consulting firm helping business and industry navigate the permit processes required by state and federal governments to conduct business. Ray served two years as President of the National Wildlife Federation. He was affiliated with many conservation organizations including California Rifle and Pistol Association, California Waterfowl Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Game Conservation International, International Order of St. Hubertus, Mzuri Safari Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Ruff Grouse Society, United Conservation Alliance, Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, World Wilderness Congress and the Virginia Rifle and Revolver Association. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Bakersfield, Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in Los Angeles and Royal Order of Jester, Court 119 in Sacramento.

Arnett was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Roscoe Arnett, Jr., and his sister Ruth Louise Snow. He was survived by two daughters, two sons, six granddaughters, three grandsons, and ten great grandchildren.

Sportsman, conservationist, outdoorsman, defender of 2nd Amendment
Following graduation from Point Loma High School in San Diego, Ray briefly attended the University of California, Los Angeles, before World War II intervened. He was sworn into the U.S. Marines as an enlisted man by his father, who was Officer in Charge of Recruitment for the West Coast. Ray later received a field commission in the South Pacific. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, he was sent to V-12 Officer's Candidate School at the University of Southern California where he received a 2nd Lieutenant commission and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in petroleum engineering and geology.

He was recalled to active duty by the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, serving from 1950-53, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

For 20 years Arnett was employed as an exploration petroleum geologist for Richfield Oil Corporation and led a team of scientists who drilled the first oil and gas well on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Revenues from his oil and gasoline exploration provided Alaska the tax base to become the 49th state.

Ray served under Gov. Ronald Reagan as Director of the California Department of Fish and Game from 1968-1975. In 1980 he was appointed by then President Reagan as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, overseeing the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1985 he was elected Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. He later established Arnett Associates, a consulting firm helping business and industry navigate the permit processes required by state and federal governments to conduct business. Ray served two years as President of the National Wildlife Federation. He was affiliated with many conservation organizations including California Rifle and Pistol Association, California Waterfowl Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Game Conservation International, International Order of St. Hubertus, Mzuri Safari Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Ruff Grouse Society, United Conservation Alliance, Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, World Wilderness Congress and the Virginia Rifle and Revolver Association. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Bakersfield, Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in Los Angeles and Royal Order of Jester, Court 119 in Sacramento.

Arnett was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Roscoe Arnett, Jr., and his sister Ruth Louise Snow. He was survived by two daughters, two sons, six granddaughters, three grandsons, and ten great grandchildren.


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