04/01/1938 - 12/09/2022
Service Date: 12/14/2022
Service Time: 12:00 PM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: San Tan Memorial Gardens

The video stream of the service can be viewed here: Click to Stream

Service PIN is: 049-778

Carl McArthur Funeral Program

Carl J. McArthur, 84, of Queen Creek, Arizona, passed away on December 9, 2022, peacefully in his home, surrounded by his wife and family. Carl was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His was a life of dedicated service to the Church, including serving as District Missionary, Elders Quorum President, Bishop, Counselor in the Stake Presidency, Stake President (twice), Regional Welfare Agent, and Patriarch. Carl and Catherine served two missions for the Church.   He was eager to serve those in his community and he was selfless with his time; he was known to drop everything to help others. Carl never met a stranger! He would not hesitate to talk to anyone… including people at the gas station and the gym!

He was known for his great love of food, including Southern cooking, bakery sweets, Five Guys Burgers, Krispy Kreme donuts, and chocolate shakes! He loved country music… especially George Strait and Alan Jackson, and he was a BIG fan of Alabama Crimson Tide football.

Carl married Catherine on March 10, 1961. They spent 62 years happily married. They lived most of their lives in Pensacola, Florida, where they raised eight children. They also resided in Panama City, Florida, where Carl retired from Arizona Chemical in 1999, and for the last four years, they lived in Queen Creek, Arizona, to be closer to family.

Carl is survived by his loving and dear wife Catherine (Sue); children, Dean (Sharon), Brent (Kimber), Russell (Lisa), Amy (Mark), Brian (Kora), Anna (Curt), Serena (Sunny), and David (Kara); twenty-five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his adoring sister, Sophia Lehrfeld.

He was preceded in his passing by his parents, Richard and Rettie; and his brothers J.P., Curtis, Raymond, and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/humanitarian-services


  • I was deeply saddened to hear this news. Carl was, indeed a friend to all, and I felt honored to be a friend too. My prayers go to the family and especially Catherine that the Lord will comfort you all as you cope and grieve the passing of a wonderful man and true disciple of our Savior.

  • I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. You will be in our prayers.

  • I am
    Saddened to hear of President McArthurs passing but express joy at his ascension and gratitude for his service. He set me apart as a missionary and was always welcoming when I was hanging around Brian. Great man and great memories.

  • Condolences to Catherine, their children and entire family! Carl was a great man and will be missed but his mission will continue on the other side!

  • What a wonderful man and servant of God. He touched and blessed so many.

  • Carl McArthur was a good man who served the Lord faithfully every day of his life. His service to the Lord and his legacy will live on in some many others he touched on his journey here on this earth. He was a true and faithful servant and I am so grateful to have known him.
    My prayers are with the family and especially Grandma McArthur at this time.
    Love you all bunches
    Tori, Trent and Jodi.

  • Michael Boutwell

    It was great knowing Carl, I was able to call him Uncle Carl even though we weren’t blood,because my “brother from another Mother” Mike McArthur, was his nephew. RIP Carl

  • I’ve known President McArthur for 46 years. He has always been a Great example of to me on how to treat others with his kindness and service to others. The McArthur family will always have a special place in my heart! Love you all!

  • I offer my condolence for my grandfather Carl. J McArthur. Carl was my grandpa and his daughter Amy is my mom. I have lots of memories with Grandpa. I remember when him and Grandma would come see our family while living in Kansas. I also remember every year growing up we would go to both Atlanta and Pensacola to see him and other family. On that note I still remember their Greystone drive house in Pensacola, that is something I will always remember. In April 2022 I had the chance to take a roadtrip alone to see him and Grandma in Pheonix and some of my last memories I have with him was Watching Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman: No Way Home with him and he seemed to enjoy those movies. Another thing I did on that trip was being able to go to church with Grandma/Grandpa and I got to go to Elders quorum with him. At that time as well I had started going back to church a few months prior after being inactive and Grandma gave me his true to the faith book with his name on it. I still have it and will always hold on to it. Hearing the Story of how the current prophet Russel M. Nelson released him from being a stake president was very interesting to hear and Grandma/Grandpa also shared more stories from when Carl was a Stake President.

    Rest In Peace Grandpa.

  • Carl Mc Arthur is one of the Lord’s great ones. My husband, Bennie Castle, served under him as Stake Clerk in Pensacola as well as by his side as an ordinance worker in the Birmingham Temple. Bennie always spoke fondly of him. Carl’s work is not finished. It has only just begun in the world of spirits.

  • Catherine and family, I send my love and condolences. Carl was my first home teacher and brought his sons with him as they were old enough. I got to go on the Youth Temple Trip to the DC Temple and the World’s Fair that he planned. He was such a great leader, always kind and patient. I love your family and have great memories of you when you lived in Pensacola. Bev Wheeler

  • Jimmy and Nancy Odom

    Carl was such an important and strong influence on us, as a family friend, church leader, and personal example. When we think back on our childhoods and teen years in Pensacola, many fond memories include the entire McArthur family. We send our condolences and share in your faith at this time.

  • Judi McDowell Gunn

    We will all miss our brother, Carl. Prayers for peace and comfort for his family. Until we meet again. 💕

  • Darrell and Nancy Clanton

    I have many memories with Carl and Sue. They begin with Carl when the missionaries first came to his parents home. I was at his baptism. We were in the Priest Quorum together. We double dated frequently. Our favorite dates was when the girls made dinner for us. Sue was such a good cook, even then. There was the trip to the New Orleans stake Patriarch for our Patriarchal Blessing. There were camping trips, few. Carl wasn’t much of a camper in the beginning. I remember the time we camped in the Navy campground under the moss cover Oak trees. The moss was loaded with chiggers. We got blasted, Carl got the worst. He had to
    go to the emergency room or at least the doctor (that was a long time ago and my memory dims). He counted over 100 chigger bites on his body. There was the week camping at Wood Badge training at the Scout camp in Defuniak Springs and oh so many church meetings and assignments together. What amazing times we had together. Unfortunately I was on a mission and missed their wedding. We spent many years apart because of working and living elsewhere but we were always close in our hearts. We love you, Carl and Sue. He will be one of the first I look for when I cross the veil.

  • Mark & Terri McArthur

    I’m am do saddened to hear of Carl’s passing. I didn’t realize he was so ill. Terri and I send our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you Sue and family. We love you all and may God be with you during these hard times.

    Love you guys,
    Mark & Terri

  • He was a great man to serve with I am very sorry for your loss

  • Penny Shields Slack

    Brother McAuther will be missed. He was a very loved man by all who knew him. We will miss his stories at empty nesters and his sweet smile. Rest in peace sweet dear man. I know you will be working hard in Heaven. Xoxo

  • My prayers have been with you in this most difficult time. If you need anything please let me know. Have missed you at church.

  • Love you all. He will be missed. Sending lots of hugs to Sister McArthur.

  • Linda S Trujillo

    My heart goes out to you and your loved ones! Brother McArthur always had such a willingness about him to help me with my genealogy questions. If he didn’t have the answers, he would find someone who did. He was always so kind and was such a righteous man! He will be missed! So sorry for your loss!

  • Too much to say..condolences. I love the McArthur clan

  • John and Claudia Taylor

    He was a great man. When he would come to our

  • To me he was always “President McArthur.” He went out of his way to acknowledge everyone, shaking your hand and calling you by name. I can’t begin to imagine how many lives he touched by his Christlike example. My condolences to the McArthur family.

  • I know his family will miss him but I just wanted to share my memories. I first met Brother McArthur and his sweet family in Pensacola. 13 years later he was president McArthur in our Lynn Haven ward. When I was teaching Seminary one year then a few parents had complaints and it was a difficult time. One morning after class he walked up to me and complimented me on how great a teacher I was. I thought he was just being encouraging but I soon found out he had been secretly listening to our lesson on the other side of the partition. From that point on he was my defender and fan. I will always remember the kind and sincere words that day. I know he is on the other side serving the Lord there as he did here. My prayers to his family that the Lord will give them comfort during this trying time. Looking forward to seeing him again.

  • Our family was saddened at hearing the news of Brother McArthur’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife and family. We know this is a time of sorrow but that the separation is temporary as we have great confidence in the eternal nature of family.

    With Love,
    Drew and Tami Lopez

  • Joseph and Jacqueline Hanks

    We are saddened to hear of President McArthur’s passing. We absolutely love and respect this giant of a man. His daughter, Amy is one of our dearest friends and spoke highly of her father often. We honor and respect his family and love them very much. His integrity, humble service, dedication and steadfast faith lives on in his posterity. Bless you all.

  • A truly great servant of the Lord. While he will be missed, I’m sure that there are others on the other side of the veil that welcome him home. My heart goes out to his family that surely miss him.

  • Dale and Leslie Rhinehart

    Our condolences to the McArthur family. We loved getting to know Carl and some of the family when you lived in Panama City. As mentioned in his service, I remember how he introduced cultural events to our Stake. I had quite a spiritual experience at one such event ( as a nonmember at the time), which ended up touching our Bishop, Don White, as well. Dale had a very moving experience while giving a blessing ( with Carl) to a sister in our ward. Carl was certainly a man of God, which we both testify to from our personal experiences. May your family’s faith bring peace to you all until you can be together again.

  • Kimberly & James Baxley

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of the Lord’s servant. We had the privilege of having President McArthur as our Stake President twice. His example as a disciple of Jesus Christ is far reaching. He had a love for the temple and the saving ordinances preformed therein and made sure everyone had ample opportunity to go to the House of the Lord. His straightforward approach to life and his love of all mankind are an exemplary model for all of us to follow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Catherine as well as your dear family.

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