Arnold Burton Fluckiger

Arnold Burton Fluckiger

Arnold Burton Fluckiger died on October 13, 2018 at the age of 92.  He was born on September 25, 1926 in Afton, Wyoming to Belva Burton and Arnold John Melchior Fluckiger.  His father died before he was born, leaving Belva as a pregnant young widow.  She moved back into the house of her parents Thomas Fielding Burton and Alice Maud Call, where Arnold was raised as though he was the youngest of their 13 children.  The lessons he learned from his early years of hard work on a dairy farm in Star Valley benefited him for his entire life. He was the descendent of Swiss and British Mormon pioneers.

 

He and his mother moved to Ogden, where he attended high school at Ogden High and where he met Nadine Cordingley.  When the war broke out he joined the Merchant Marines, thinking it would be safer than the Army.  Instead of a safe haven, he found himself on a heavily attacked ship in the Pacific, handling the hot shells that were ejected by the big guns.  There was no ear protection at that time, and his hearing was poor for the rest of his life.  His ship visited remote islands in the Pacific and he told many stories of diving off the deck of the ship and having to climb back up the ropes when sharks appeared.  Eventually he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Washington, D.C. as a radio operator.  He sent money to his old friend back home, George Osmond (father of the Osmond Brothers) to buy an engagement ring and George delivered the ring to Nadine.

Arnold and Nadine were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 22, 1948.  It was a loving marriage that lasted 67 years, until Nadine’s death in 2015.  He attended Weber State and B.Y.U., and eventually accepted a scholarship to Stanford University, where he obtained a Master’s degree in architecture.  During his time at Stanford he was president of the student chapter of the A.I.A. and hosted Frank Lloyd Wright when he came to speak to the students.   Arnold and Nadine stayed in Menlo Park, California after his graduation and Arnold worked as an architect for many years there. Arnold and Nadine had six children.   Arnold, who had had no father in his life, became the most wonderful father to his children, teaching them with extraordinary patience and generosity.  He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities.  His testimony of Jesus Christ shone in his actions throughout his life.  Eventually he and Nadine moved to Salt Lake City, where he continued to practice architecture.  He designed and built one of the first passive solar houses in Salt Lake where he and Nadine lived in Federal Heights.  They later moved to Sandy, and after Nadine died Arnold was able to stay in their home, thanks especially to the efforts of his son Laine and his granddaughter Lisa.  We also want to especially thank Lisa and Landon Moyers and the hospice nurse Valerie for their special care during Arnold’s last days.

 

Arnold was preceded in death by his wife Nadine and by his son Bryce.  He is survived by his children Ann (Paul Larsen), Laine (Cindi), Allyson (Brad Lyle), Barbara (Michael Nelson), and Dona (Charles Haacke), by 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.   It is hard to give an adequate sense of how he impacted his offspring, their friends, and associates.  He was a man of no guile.  Tremendously hard working, generous with his time and talents, able to help countless children and grand-children with art projects; a survivor of having teenagers in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 60’s; a patient problem solver who designed and help build  homes for each of his children.   He was kind and accepting of people who were very different, creating a haven for his children’s friends during times of social unrest and alternative life-styles.  He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants, Stanford Football, and the Utah Jazz.  He designed a penthouse apartment for the great baseball player, Willie Mays.  He could build anything – family cabins at Lake Tahoe; a restored 100-year old stone schoolhouse in Spring City, Utah; a pull-out table in a conversation pit.   But when things got too precise he could be heard to say “We’re not building a watch here.”   The greatest thing he built was a family of strength, diversity and faith.  We mourn his passing and acknowledge his gifts of time, patience and love.  We are happy that he is with Nadine again.  He has missed her so much.   “If we all pitch in we can slick things up in no time.”

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