When it comes to all things financial, Gary Arnoldson is the man to talk to in the McKay School. Arnoldson recently joined the dean’s office as the new comptroller. He oversees grants, financial reporting, Fastrack, y-expense, etc.
Arnoldson was born in Preston, Idaho, and raised in Moroni, Utah. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and later earned an MBA. Before coming to the McKay School, he worked as comptroller for Snow College for 24 years.
Arnoldson met his wife, Leslie, in high school on a semi-blind date. “I needed a date, and knew a dairy farmer who had a lot of daughters,” he chuckled. “I called the home and by luck ended up with Leslie.” They courted for two years before he left to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After he returned from his mission to Northern England, Gary and Leslie Arnoldson were married. The Arnoldsons then joined the military, spending five years in the Army and four in the Air Force. “I had it good in the Air Force,” Arnoldson expressed. “I was an aero medic, so I could help in the local emergency room and fly missions on B-52s two or three times a month.” Arnoldson’s assignments included treating POWs just as the Vietnam War ended.
When his enlistment was up, instead of continuing with an upcoming assignment to Seoul, Korea, he opted to pursue a college education. He attended Utah State University and studied accounting.
The Arnoldons have seven children—two daughters and five sons—all of whom are now out of the house. “Our middle child is getting married soon, and after that we will be finished with weddings for our children,” Arnoldson said with relief.
Arnoldson and his family have researched their family history extensively and have traveled to Denmark, their ancestral home, to research their roots and meet with family. “Danish records are hard to find,” Arnoldson stated, explaining that because the records are not indexed online, those seeking out Danish records often need to travel to Denmark. “But,” he cautioned, “you need to know which parish to look in.”
When Arnoldson’s ancestors immigrated to America in the 1860s, they left part of the family behind in Denmark. The Arnoldson family have discovered that they have sixteen great grandparents and their families who remained in Denmark. They have connected with the surviving family member and now have regular family reunions together. “It has been wonderful. We have the reunions on the old family farm,” Arnoldson explained.
23 August 2010