- Recent Comments - Chatsworth Metrolink Crash - L.A. Times http://projects.latimes.com The latest user comments on en-us Mike McClellan on January 22, 2014 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c144652 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c144652 Just now (Jan 2014) I learned Dennis had passed. I played fiddle in his family bluegrass band years ago, even though I wasn't family. I was impressed by his lokomaika'i (Hawaiian for good heartedness, plus). Nui kona aloha! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:29:51 -0800 Norman Mallory on November 27, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c41999 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c41999 Dennis and I played together at many gigs-- including steadily with The Iron Mountain Boys for years. Dennis was a fine, generous human being, an excellent singer and guitar player. I discovered this obituary shortly after Thanksgiving, 2010. I think of you often, Dennis, and the companionship we shared as band members. Norman Mallory, Ventura, Ca Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:03:28 -0800 Mike Rosell on November 3, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c9055 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c9055 Here is my email if the family needs a copy of the recording of Santiago sung by the Shenandoah Trio. I loved the way Dennis played the guitaron in this recording. mrosell@support.ucla.edu Mon, 03 Nov 2008 02:10:28 -0800 Mike Rosell on November 2, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c9042 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c9042 I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of Dennis are early in my life. I remember his great talent for music. My Mom, Joan Rosell, sang with Dennis in the Shenandoah Trio. I remember the group practicing. I was always impressed with the guitars, incredible players and singers. My favorite song was Santiago. I assume the family has a copy? Sun, 02 Nov 2008 01:35:38 -0800 Donna & Roy Aiken on October 4, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3536 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3536 We did not know Dennis but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We also lost our son, Christopher on the train and know the heartache and sorrow you are feeling. May all your wonderful memories of him sustain you and help you to get through this most difficult time. Donna & Roy Aiken donnaaiken@rochester.rr.com Sat, 04 Oct 2008 01:27:15 -0700 mey chao on October 1, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3438 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3438 Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is chaomey82@gmail.com my hearts and prayers go out to you. Wed, 01 Oct 2008 09:39:11 -0700 Nick Stasinos, Rosemead on September 26, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3356 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3356 When I first met Dennis, it was back in the early 70s through his daughter Jeanette, whom I knew through our church. I was just becoming reacquainted with Dennis, also being a guitar player, we exchanged music through our mutual friend Tim Rosevear. When Tim emailed me the sad news that Dennis was one of the fatalities in the wreck, I went into shock. I am still in shock and very saddened by his passing. From what I have read here, Dennis possessed a very special soul and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to you, Maria, Scott, and Jeanette. Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:08:26 -0700 Donald Taylor, Berkeley on September 23, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3240 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3240 I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Arnold as a student at Stoneridge. I am forever grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Arnold's contributions to my life. My heart and prayers go out the family. He will be missed. Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:23:40 -0700 John Lee on September 22, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3203 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3203 I miss you very much. I ate lunch with Dennis at Rocketdyne most every day. Talking with Dennis brightened my day. We talked about fishing, camping, family and church. Dennis I will miss you enormously. May God comfort you and bless the entire Arnold family. You are the best. Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:53:35 -0700 WEN MEW SAXOPHONIST WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WENMEW1 on September 20, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3097 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3097 OJAI FARMERS MARKET SUNDAY TRIBUTE! Sat, 20 Sep 2008 02:36:27 -0700 Carl Blevins, Ventura on September 20, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3086 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3086 It was my good fortune to know Dennis and to get to play a lot of Bluegrass Music with him. He went out of his way to give me rides to Ojai to play at the Farmer's Market on some Sunday mornings. Dennis, his son and I performed for his church about a month ago where he told me that we should play music every chance we got because we didn't know how much longer we had. It wasn't long enough my friend. He was a real treasure and I will miss him. My condolences to his family and many friends. Sat, 20 Sep 2008 10:02:10 -0700 Kyle Valentine on September 19, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3038 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c3038 I was so saddened to read of Mr. Arnold's passing. He was my favorite teacher at Stoneridge, my love of history is a direct result of the time I spent with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fri, 19 Sep 2008 05:13:20 -0700 Mey Chao on September 19, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2966 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2966 Im so sorry for your lost, i know exactly how you feel, my father also passed in that train accident. i will keep him and your family all in my prays. Fri, 19 Sep 2008 09:25:19 -0700 Sunnie Junget Akana on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2921 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2921 Dear Maria and family, we have never met, but "Bunky" and I were classmates at Venice High School when it was a six year school. I have not seen him in many years, but to find out he is no longer with you and your family has sadden me so much, and is hard to believe. He was indeed a fun loving young man, and enjoyed all the service he contributed to "our" wonderful six years of Jr./Sr. High. Please know that my love is with you and your family. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:28:08 -0700 Monica Lichtenstein on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2870 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2870 Dennis- I do not know who you are but I desperatly called every hospital looking for you and my friend Chris Aiken. Please take care of each other up in heaven and protect your families here on earth. God Speed. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 04:11:26 -0700 Marian Petersen Guiver- Highland, UT on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2726 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2726 Dear Maria, Scott and Jeanette, I am in such shock after receiving the tragic news about Dennis! I've known Bunky since we were both in Mrs. Johnson's 5th. grade class at Betsy Ross elementary school in Mar Vista. He was always special: kind, talented and a friend to all. I had quite a crush on him! We were friends and "compadres" in part due to the fact we were probably the only two Republican kids in a sea of Democratic classmates, (or at least the only two brave enough to stand up and vote Republican when "mock" elections were held at school). Bunky and I went on to Venice Jr. and Sr. High School and then to Brigham Young University. We remained friends thru the years, and I always looked forward to seeing him at our Class of '51 Venice High Reunions. He and Earl and Rich were the best entertainment ever. Their music was great and their homespun humor made us all laugh. I was so pleased to meet you, Maria, at the reunions. I remember sitting with you and Bunky at one of the dinners and seeing the pride and love you had for Bunky. I could also see how much he loved you and his children. Like all of his many, many friends, I thought the world of him. We share the same faith and trust in our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation. I know you will be reunited as an Eternal Family one day. May you find comfort and peace in that knowledge, and may your grief and sorrow lessen as you feel the prayers of so many who loved Dennis and care so much for you. God bless you and your family. HE WAS ONE OF A KIND! Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:09:12 -0700 Delano Ford on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2611 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2611 How saddened I was to hear of the loss of Bunky. Some of my fondest memories go back to when we grew up together on the same street in Mar Vista. These are just a few - of the times we rode the Street car to Venice Beach. When Bunky rented movies and would show them in his garage. He would have chairs set up for the kids and we would pay something like 5 cents to watch the cartoons. And of the times we shot baskets on McCune and of our days at Venice High School. Madge and I enjoyed the music of the talented Shenandoah trio - Bunky, Earl and Rich, we attended their performance at the "Ice House" and we always thought that they should have been famous. I hadn't seen him for a long time - since my family and I moved away to attend BYU but I have thought of him often. He was a special friend and a good example - he was pure gold in my opinion. Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy go to Maria, Jeanette and Scott Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:33:44 -0700 Rocketdyne Employee on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2541 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2541 Although I didn't know Dennis we are both a part of the Rocketdyne family. I'm sorry our paths never crossed. As I watched the tragedy unfold on television I prayed that we would not lose one of our own. To come to work Monday morning and hear that we did brought such sorrow. My heart truly goes out to the Arnold family. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 07:14:21 -0700 Paul Guthrie on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2535 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2535 I rode the Metro with Dennis from Camarillo to my stop in Simi Valley. A wonderful and good person that I miss. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 05:15:54 -0700 Scott Halloran on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2497 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2497 I met Dennis only this year at work, and worked with him only briefly, but I quickly came to know him as a thoughtful and gentle man. Godspeed, Dennis Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:45:54 -0700 Michael Van Slooten on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2426 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2426 It is still mind-numbing to think that Dennis is gone! To me, he was always larger than life, and was in on so many good things. He surfed, sailed, sang, and perhaps more than anything else, loved; his family and friends realize now -more than ever- how lucky they were to have him in their lives. My own friendship with Dennis was forged out of our common love of traditional music, and I was fortunate enought to play the banjo in his band for twenty years. His warmth, humor, and gentle friendliness were always in evidence; his generosity was also extraordinary as well, and I remember many gigs where he divided the money up for everyone but himself! For several days, I have been listening to traditional music, and hearing some of the songs that we played, like "Whoa, Mule, Whoa!" and "Bill Cheatham" bring back fond memories of a golden time. I look forward to the day when we can all meet together with Dennis in a better place than this world, and in the meantime, the world is chillier and grayer without him- We love you, Bunky- Michael Van Slooten Connie Cervera Van Slooten Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:43:32 -0700 Gail Dummer (Charlie's Daughter) on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2399 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2399 My thoughts and prayers go out to Maria, Scott and Jeannette, My Father worked with Dennis for years at Rockwell. I remember how much help Dennis was to my father when my brother was killed in a car accident at the age of 18. Dennis was then that same help to me when my father died. He called to see if I was okay, then sent me a letter with stories about my dad. I can remember Dad telling me about fly fished with Dennis and how much fun he had. Dennis touched so many lives with his smile and wonderful music. You will be missed. I know that Dennis and my Dad are fly fishing in the best river ever. Gail Dummer Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:11:21 -0700 Debbie & Tim Nicoll on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2363 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2363 Mrs. Arnold and Jeanette, We are so very sorry for your loss. We feel so priviledged to have know Dennis (Mr. Arnold to Andrew). I know that he made such an impact in Andrew's life as his teacher at Stoneridge Prep and we will forever be grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Dennis rest in peace. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 04:48:36 -0700 Randy, Earls Son on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2333 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2333 My dad called me about 3 hours after the crash and told me that Bunky was on a train that crashed but that Maria had not heard from him yet. My worst fear was confirmed when dad called me and said Bunky was gone. I have fond memories of Bunky since I was a little kid and he was part of my family it seemed like. Having the Trio rehearsing in our living room for many years with Bunky playing his very cool Guitarone Mexican Bass will always be an impression in my mind. I remember when I was in High School and our family was stuck at Universal Studios with a burned out starter, it was Bunky who came to our rescue with a new starter that I installed in the parking lot. I once stowed away in the back of my dad's Volkwagen bug so I could go to bunky's and play with Scott. I'm helping dad make arrangements so he can make the service on Friday. That Metro train needed Captain Dew from the ship Santiana I can still hear Bunky sing. My thoughts and prayers will remain with you Maria, Jeannette and Scott. I know he is happy looking down on the beautiful family that he and Maria created. Job well done Bunky! Heave away! Randy Encinitas, CA Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:52:49 -0700 Jeff Vine on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2323 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2323 I rode to and from work with Dennis For more or less the last year. It was an honor to be in his company. A teacher, musician, a family man, who had a great sense of humor. Riding to work will never be the same, but I know Dennis loved the trip, he always wanted to continue on past his stop. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:33:38 -0700 nathaniel on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2190 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2190 He was my teacher a stoneridge preparatory and he and his wife did great things for me and they hold a special place in my heart Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:07:24 -0700 Diane on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2124 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2124 Dennis worked for the same aerospace company as I. Although I didn't know him personally, its safe to say that he will be truly missed. I will pray for Dennis and his family. Diane Pratt & Whitney, Rocketdyne (Chatsworth) Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:43:47 -0700 Fellow Commuter on September 15, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2114 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2114 Thank you Eric Kingston for the lyrics that seek to comfort. Music comforts and heals. I hope that we will find out what happened, act on safety changes, and that their deaths are not in vain. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:49:36 -0700 Audi Murnane on September 15, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2043 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2043 Jeanette, I am so sorry to hear about your dad in the Chatsworth train crash. I don't know if you remember me, but I went to Capistrano Elementry school with you. My name is Audi Armstrong (now Murnane). I saw your picture in the paper today. Again my condolences to you and your family. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:20:37 -0700 Audrey Schottelkorb on September 15, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2020 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/dennis-arnold/#c2020 I don't know you but my Daddy did. I'm very sorry for what happened and I wish I could turn back time to have the train be pulled over. I know your family is in God's hands, and I pray for them. I'm very sorry.... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:41:48 -0700