It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of one of the truly great men of our times. Arman Johnson Earl, loving husband to Dee Ann Earl (married nearly 60 years) - passed away peacefully on Thursday February 17th, with family by his side - at the age of 86 years.
What can possibly be said in a few lines of a man who exemplified 86 years of dedicated service to his family, his church and his community? It’s a struggle to adequately express Arman’s mind, his heart and his ability to touch lives for the good. He was among the most “gentle” of men imaginable. His ability to maintain a “calmness” in situations that most would find “intolerable,” is legendary among those who knew him. Arman had an innate “wisdom” that was profound and stunning when he spoke. Arman was a man of few words generally, which made it all the more profound when he did speak and shared a deepness of thought that compelled the listener to take note and think deeply about what was being said. When Arman spoke, it was pure gold.
Arman lived his life by a set of spiritual principles that governed all that he did. He was kind, wise and one to volunteer his time and talents to a God that he believed deeply in. He tried to exemplify Godly attributes in his every action. He spent his life in the dedicated service of those around him by serving in the Church and in his community at large. A testament to his goodness as a person is evident in the many tributes that we continue to receive about experiences that friends and acquaintances had with him - in some cases - decades ago that have ended up impacting their lives immensely through the years! Arman was never “preachy” about his beliefs preferring to let a “well lived life” speak louder than any words ever could. In the end, his actions proved a far greater way to impact lives than words ever would.
Arman spent his career as a lifelong educator - a teacher - a principal - and an effective administrator that ultimately led him to years of service as a “Fine Arts Consultant” with the Provincial government, a job that saw Arman travel the Province with the aim to evaluate and better curriculums for teachers and students alike. Arman took great pride in helping to develop and promote art curriculum throughout the Province.
Arman was a gifted artist and spent countless hours honing his craft which consisted of oil, acrylic and watercolour landscape paintings. Arman loved and saw beauty in the prairies, the wheat fields, the mountains, rivers and lakes of Southern Alberta in particular! He taught each of his children to look outside the windows on road trips and to enjoy the great beauty all around them. One of his favourite things to paint was “Old Chief,” a fitting choice given its storied history, its sacredness and its beauty - something that this mountain and this man, share in common.
Arman’s art was sold locally and abroad and was displayed in many art shows right across North America. Although his art would sell for many hundreds and even thousands of dollars; he never could get quite comfortable with charging money for his work and was not much a self promoter. To paint, to create was therapeutic for Arman and he did it for the sheer love of doing so. The fact that so much of his art dons the walls of so many homes is a just a bonus.
Arman will be greatly missed, he is loved deeply by all who knew him. Perhaps the only downside to such a wonderful man - is the sadness and pain that accompanies such a loss. Russel M. Nelson said perfectly what we all feel to our core:
“We can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.”
What will we do without you Arman?
Till we meet again “Sweet Heart,” “Dad,” & “Grandpa!”
We love you!
Arman is father to 6 wonderful children:
- Scott & (Carol) Earl of Sherwood Park, AB
- Wendy Adamson of Provo, UT
- Janelle & (Patrice) Proulx of Lethbridge, AB
- Stephen & (Keli Anne) Earl of Pleasant Grove, UT
- Kent & (Jenna) Earl of Lethbridge, AB
- Cari & (Donny) Hillyer of Lethbridge, AB
Arman is also Grandpa to 18 Grandchildren:
- Justin & (Maddie) Earl;
- Matthew & Kayla Adamson;
- Riley & (Christy), Jordan & (Michelle) & Kimberly Bore;
- Daniel & (Chelsea), Lucas & (Sara) Proulx;
- Erika & (Max) Meynder
- Hollie & (Michael) Kimmins;
- Dallin & (Sandy), Jared, & Laura Earl;
- Kristine & (Trent) Thomas;
- Olivia Earl;
- Chelsea & (Travis) Wiersema;
- Ty Oliver
- Donny Hillyer Jr.
Arman also leaves behind 12 Great Grandchildren who all adored him.
Arman is survived by his loving Brother, Darwin & (Jeanette) Earl of Lethbridge along with a host of Nephews and Nieces who deeply love their Uncle Arman!
Arman was predeceased by his mother and father, Aubrey & Thera Earl and 2 younger brothers Brent & Malcolm Earl.
Friends may meet with the family at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home - located at: 703, 13 St N on Wednesday February 23 from 7:00-8:00pm and / or at the LDS Mountain Heights Chapel located at: 175 Rocky Mountain Blvd W. on Thursday February 24th from 10:00-11:00am.
Funeral Services will be held at the LDS Chapel located at: 175 Rocky Mountain Blvd W. on Thursday February 24th at 11:00am with Bishop Clayton McClung officiating.
Interment to follow in Mountain View, AB Cemetery.
Attention on Service Day, Thursday February 24; Due to unforeseen issues with the wi-fi connection, we apologize the live-streaming is currently unavailable. The service is being recorded and will be available to view later on today. Sorry for the inconvenience.