John "Land Shark" Eric Arnaud

June 14, 1961November 10, 2012
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John Eric Arnaud, 51, of Nevada, Iowa and formerly of Ames, Iowa, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Israel Family Hospice House. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:30 am at Heartland Baptist Church in Ames. A visitation of family and friends will be Tuesday from 5-8 pm at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames and for an hour prior to the funeral service at the church. John was born in Tacoma, WA on June 14, 1961 to Walter and Juanita Arnaud. He graduated from Sioux City North High School in 1979 and attended Iowa State University until 1982. John married Brenda Reitz in 1983 and to this union, John was blessed with his first son, Austen. They later divorced. He then married Misty Dee in 2009. While a student at Sioux City North, John was an accomplished athlete. He was a high jumper who still holds the school record and was a member of the Iowa High School Hall of Fame. He was clearing 7’ in the high jump long before anyone thought it possible. John was a 4 time letter winner at Iowa State where he played strong safety for Donnie Duncan and was known as the “Land Shark.” Following college, John played in the USFL as a defensive back for the Michigan Panthers, Memphis Showboats, Chicago Blitz and the Denver Gold. He was a member of the 1983 championship team while at Michigan. John was always laughing and smiling. He loved his friends and is remembered as a tough guy who was still a giving and dependable man. John was a strong warrior who loved the Cyclones and the Dallas Cowboys. Even with his love for sports being so strong, John loved his family more than anything. John is survived by his wife, Misty, of Nevada; his children, Austen (Natalie Hashemi-Toroghi) Arnaud, of Ames, and Ashten and Alexandria Arnaud of Nevada; his parents, Walter Arnaud Sr. of Rosedale, LA and Juanita Singleton of DeSoto, TX; brothers, Bobby (Dorothy) Arnaud of Atlanta, GA and Walter Arnaud Jr. of Dallas, TX; sister, Tracey Arnaud of Duncanville, TX; his former wife, Brenda (Carson) Sinclair of Ames and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Troy Arnaud and his grandparents. As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions should be directed to the family C/O Heartland Baptist Church, 3504 Grand Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010. On-line condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Julie Stone

November 17, 2012

I can still see you leading the other ISU football players in a cheer at the Towers Quad. It wasn't difficult to ask you to help with the pep rally, because you were always smiling, cheerful and excited to talk about ISU football.

November 16, 2012

I am friends with Clyde and Jimmy Banta of Sioux City, Iowa. I went to my first college football game with Clyde, Jimmy and Walter Sr. or "Sarge" as we affectionately call him, to watch Johnny play. I still have the ISU cap that I bought way back when. Johnny was one of Jimmy and my sports heros as kids and we followed him throughout his entire career. My thoughts and prayers are with the Arnaud family. David Roberts (Kansas City, Mo.)

Charles Ellis

November 15, 2012

I hope in some strange way the following post brings a little comfort in some way.


Angel of Death why have you come
Please go back to where you came from.

But take me with you when you go for
the Lord has sent you this i know.

He has said it's time to come home to
get your rest for i only take the best.

Written by

Charles Ellis
June 2007

stan and karen eckel

November 14, 2012

Bro.John you were as close as a brother to the both of us. You were warm and very kind to us. You may be gone but you will never be forgotton. Misty and family you are all in our hearts and prayers.we will never forget how john would come up to us,with a warm hello and a bright smile whenever he saw in peace.we love you like a brother.

November 14, 2012

Johnny and I went back to junior high. We played football alongside each other up through high school. We were good friends...but then again, Johnny seemed to be on good terms with everybody. He had a spirit that made everyone's day easier and made tough practices a hellava lot more fun. He had a smile that lit up many a rooms in his day. Lordy, was a joyful smile.
As a coach for many years, I invoked his spirit with my own players countless times because he had a fire that, obviously, burned particularly bright on the field. In football, you're either the hammer or the nail...Johnny's faith in himself and his unparalleled focus, always ALWAYS made him the hammer--regardless of how big the nail was.
While we haven't spoken in many years, I'm deeply saddened that your body is no longer here to exemplify that attitude...but your spirit will never die, Johnny.

Alicia Murray

November 14, 2012

John was a wonderful friend. I will always remember you for ur smile and laughter. Also I will never forget how u were always helpful to everyone that u could help out. The one thing I always loved to hear from u is ur famous greeting "Hey, hey, hey". You will be greatly missed. God bless his family.

November 14, 2012

The Yates family wish to express our sympathy for your loss.

Richard (Melodie) Yates
Phyllis (Clyde) Banta
Jenny (Herb) Roquemore

Mel Branch

November 14, 2012

I will always remember Johnny from our high school days where we both played football but for different schools.The Arnaud clan were known for athletes at Sioux City North. Johnny was also a good friend, we had some goodtimes together back in the day. I will never forget his smile and his laugh for I can see it now in my head. Johnny will be sorely missed!! My prayers go out to the Arnaud family. May God Bless You!!!!! Mel Branch

November 14, 2012

Sorry for your brother's loss, I was sad to hear of his passing - John was a favorite of mine along with Troy who played basketball for me at Sioux City North High. I will always remember John's big smile and how proud he was of his brother and you.
Coach Tom Goodman, Lake Panorama, Panora, Iowa

Monte/becky Berg

November 14, 2012

Tonight was wonderful. Back in the day, John was a friend first. Iowa state was a bond we could never have anticipated would circle back. What a great tribute, tonight. Our hearts are with all of you.