Donald F. Arthur

Born :12-20-1943

Died: 02-07-2014

Birthplace: National City, CA

Resided In: Upton, MA

Donald F. Arthur, 70, of Upton, was a husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend and mentor to many. He was good at everything he did and made the hardest things look easy (and occasionally, the easy things strangely complex). He could do or make anything, and figure out any problem, though he always did it in his quiet way. He was a man who lived through deeds more than words. He specialized in napkin drawings, awesome wooden bowls, burned toast, leaving some fish for next time, big trips with Linda, conservative financial advice, and a perfect sense of dad style. His life took him from the desert and beaches of southern California to the mountains of Colorado, the forests and rivers of New England and many places between.

He leaves behind a loving wife, Linda, with whom he had countless adventures, three adult children, Diana Matukonis and her husband John, Samuel Arthur and his wife Christine and Michael Arthur who will all miss his advice and company; a brother, Michael Arthur and his wife Annie and a sister, Patricia Gordon and her husband Scott; two grandsons, Deven and Cedric Arthur, to whom he was a perfect and very proud grandpa; many nieces and nephews he admired and respected; a large hairy dog who does what she wants but is extremely polite and considerate and many others who will miss him intensely.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sat. Feb. 22, 2014 from 2 – 5 PM. Please contact the Arthurs for details at

Memorial donations may be made to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Bldg., 2121 Ward Ct. NW, 5th Fl, Washington, D.C., 20037 or to The Audubon Society, 6 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108.

Arrangements by Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford.

Ron Bronner adds: 

Don was a good friend of mine, & we lived near each other in the TC area of MN. He & myself both ot transferred to CO. He lived in Colorado Springs for a number of years prior to transferring to the Boston area. He had an engineering background. He played on the Pikes Peak YMCA team for a number of years. 


Ron Bronner

CHA Treasurer/Coach