Surrounded by his family, Arnold “Arnie” Leroy Daniels died at his home in Willows on Sunday, May 8, 2022. He was born in Oakland on Dec. 30, 1964, and was raised in Hayward by his mother, Doris L. Daniels, and his father, Ralph A. Daniels, alongside his older brother, Dennis Ross.
He lived in Hayward for the majority of his life, and attended Hayward High School. Throughout middle school and high school, he participated in football, wrestling, and played hockey for the Southland Hockey Club, winning various awards.
You could catch him participating in a number of daredevil activities, such as snow skiing in South Lake Tahoe, cliff diving around Deer Creek Falls, waterskiing with family, and motorcycling with his friends in Carnegie and Hollister. He traveled with his parents often in his younger years and they would bring Arnie up to Orland for the summers to spend time with the Clarks.
During high school he was enrolled in the ROC woodshop program, gaining experience to become a journey level carpenter in his early adulthood and enjoyed working on construction of houses. Some of his other hobbies he enjoyed was working on his model cars, camping and fishing with his family at Elam Creek Campgrounds near Chester, barbecuing, watching A’s or Raiders games, and playing with his grandkids.
He was also a devoted Christian, growing up at Highland Baptist Church in Hayward, and most recently attending Orland Evangelical Free Church in Orland.
He met the love of his life, Chrysan Carlson, on Sept. 21, 1991, and raised four children, Christopher, Brooke, Nathaniel, and Destiny. Arnie and Chrysan spent almost 30 years together before officially marrying on Aug. 24, 2019, in Orland.
Arnie had a magnetic energy and could make friends with anyone. He is loved and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, four children, and a number of grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Oddfellows Cemetery, 3900 County Road P, Orland, followed by a reception at the Orland Evangelical Free Church, 614 A Street.