Arlin "Mitch" Mitchell

July 19, 1940November 15, 2020

Arlin “Mitch “ Mitchell 80, passed away Nov 15th 2020.

He was born in Bristow Oklahoma, where his grandparents lived. He was raised in Firebaugh California where his family farmed and managed a feedlot. He was on horseback from a very early age and drove anything with an engine and wheels. He loved cars and most anything else mechanical. He also admired horses and studied their blood lines and knew the lineage of most of the race horses.

He attended the elementary Catholic School in Firebaugh, California. Junior High and High School in Dos Palos, California. He played football in High School which earned him a scholarship to Cal Berkeley, his love of football continued throughout his life.

He was drafted into military service and did 2 tours in Vietnam. On his last tour of duty his helicopter was shot down, and he suffered serious injuries. He spent the better part of a year building strength back at the San Diego VA hospital. Mitch’s determination paid off, after a stint on canes he regained full mobility.

He continued his education after finishing his military service and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from USC. Mitch was a lifelong USC Trojans fan. He loved working on big projects for well known companies such Chevron, Lougheed, FMC, Texas Gulf, Lawrence Livermore Labs, HP, and Arco. These project manager positions allowed him to travel extensively and he was always looking for the next adventure.

The last corporate job was with Interlink which was a start up company from Santa Barbara which took him to Europe to set up the European operations as CEO. But ever the entrepreneur/engineer after retirement Mitch continued to innovate and build business’.

He was a wonderful story teller talking about his experiences and travels and his memory was amazing.

Mitch and Sheila married November 27 1981. Sheila had 2 daughters from a previous marriage. He was a loving stepfather to the girls and felt so blessed to be “Grampy” to 5 grandchildren. That was his favorite role.

After many years of living around the globe, in 2003 Mitch and Sheila moved to Big Springs and bought a farmhouse with a small acreage. Mitch got back to his root of farm life, he couldn’t have been happier. Farm machinery and being outdoors and showing the grandchildren how to drive equipment, shoot targets and share his love of rural life.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, 2 daughters Lee-An and her husband Greg Fair. Their 3 children, Connor, Peyton and Ranger. Sandi and her husband Simon Puddefoot and 2 boys Josh and Morgan.

Arrangements will be made at Fort McPherson for interment with full military honors, the date and time to be decided when gatherings are permitted, with a celebration of life at the same time.

The family requests any memorials be directed to St. Lukes Catholic School in Ogallala NE.



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Joyce Mancebo Reeves

November 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
I was in band with Arlin . I played the trumpet. Also remember fun times at the drive-in.
May you be blessed with all the good memories and good life you had with him.

Joanna Browning

November 23, 2020

I remember Arlin well from high school. He was always outgoing and had a great sense of humor. I remember him mostly from music. He played the sousaphone or tuba. I played clarinet and often sat right in front of the tubas. I always considered Arlin a friend. My sincere condolences to the family. Joanna Jacobsen Browning

Betty Lott(Cady)

November 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Lots of memories from his Mother's Drive-in. Including a hamburger and chocolate shake from Arlin thru the Dos Palos Hospital window.

Kathy Guio

November 20, 2020

I am so sad to hear. I remember Arlin. He dated a friend if mine and use to hang out at the old drive- in. Did his parents own it? I think he played the tuba in the band? So very long ago! Time and memories. Kathy

Geraldine Glidden Chambers

November 20, 2020

I went to high school with Arlin in Dos Palos. Arlin was always a
fun guy to be eround. Everyone lost touch with him for many years. Just a few short years ago, I just happen to see something on the internet and wrote to him asking if he was "our Arlin", he was and so we re-aquainted.
I send prayers for the family, especially the grandchildren I know he will be sorely missed by so many. I feel sad by his passing, but we all were lucky to just have known Arlin at sometime in our life time.
Blessings to you, Geraldine
I am an old friend from old ago.

Sue Tolley

November 19, 2020

Condolences Sheila for Mitch’s loss. I know you will cherish the love you two shared and the memories you made together
My heart hurts for your heart

Gene Dover

November 19, 2020

We sure had a great time in high school. I'll never forget the time we painted your dads car, he asked for it so we changed the color of that old Ford. You, me, Vincent Foster, Virgil Baughman, and Jim Wells, had a lot of laughs together. My condolences to the family.

Ann Kelley

November 19, 2020

I enjoyed knowing Mitch during his early years. He was always good for a laugh on the band bus and would lead the singing of songs to keep everyone awake. I was happy to reacqaint through face book and to have "met" you Sheila. Mitch was a kind and fun person to know.


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