Donald Ray Arden, Jr.

December 3, 1961 - March 23, 2008

Donald Ray Arden, Jr., age 46, of Plano, Texas, passed away March 23, 2008 in doing what he loved the best, riding his motorcyle. He was born December 3, 1961, in Somerset, Pennsylvania, the son of Donald Ray and Dorothy (Weidner) Arden. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a manager with Texas Instruments for over twenty years. He was an avid motorcyclist and member of DFW VROC. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Yutzy; parents, Donald and Dorothy Arden of Somerset, PA; step-children, Keith Yutzy and his wife Heidi of Columbus, OH and David Yutzy and his wife Lori of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Tya Yutzy and Tyler Yutzy; sister, Denise Hetrick and her husband Garry of Somerset, PA; brother, Doug Arden and his wife Deb of Berlin, PA; nephew, Jake Arden; niece, Lindsey Arden; and numerous other nieces, nephews and loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Faulkner; and nephew, Billy Ogline. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Danny Buster officiating. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday evening beginning at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, 800-805-5856. Ride to Live, Live to Ride!

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I worked with Don off and on at TI for more than 12 years. I used to bum dips of Copenhagen from him before I --finally-- stopped. We worked together to solve several engineering problems. He always called a spade a spade. He always wanted to know just the facts, always had the courage to do the right thing, however painful. He was a great engineer with a methodical, precise engineering mind. Don was one of a kind and I was so sorry to hear about the accident. Chris Bowles, April 18, 2008 I've known Ardy since gradeschool and played highschool football with him...he was one heck of a linebacker. A super guy from a great family and will be missed. George J. Coyle, April 14, 2008 Met Don in passing at TI many times and parked bikes with him in the TI lot. I always admired his handle bar grips with the laces. Remember the good times and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pete Mote, April 2, 2008 Kathy I was shocked to hear about Don and am still in disbelief that he's really gone. I was so looking forward to riding with you guys from Colorado to Oregon this summer. Don is and will be missed by more people than he would ever have believed and even though I didn't know him well I will miss him greatly. I hope to see you on the road, I'm sure that's what Don would want for you. Take comfort in knowing that we'll all be able to see Don and all the others someday and you'll be riding with him again. Take care. Mark "Brillo" Templeton, March 29, 2008 sorry to hear of your tragedy you are in our prayers God be with you in your sorrow and your families too We love you John &Viola Saylor, March 29, 2008 In your time of sorrow our thoughts are with you. Bill and Lauretta Williams, March 29, 2008 We are friends of Donald's father from Somerset, PA. You have our deepest sympathy. Larry and Debbie Kowatch, March 29, 2008 Our condolences and prayers to the Arden family. Keep riding Don. Are prayers are with you. Rusty & Joan Rusty & Joan Martz, March 28, 2008 It's times like this we find family MOST important, and now knowing how quickly things happen,we must find the strength to give support and prayer to help the families deal with such a great loss. Dwayne,Deanna, & Abigail Wiedner Dwayne,Deanna, and Abigail Wiedner, March 28, 2008 Our deepest sympathies go out to Kathy and the Arden Family. From all we heard over the years Don must have been a wonderful human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Scott & Wendy Ross, March 27, 2008 To Don's Mom and Dad, we are so sorry for the loss of your son and to our Kathy, first of all,we love you. We know that we can,t know how you are hurting and we can,t be there to wrap our arms around you but our prayer is that you will feel the presence of god and know that he is going to carry you thru this. We were so glad we got to see him this past Christmas. Brother Gary and Debbie Ogline, March 27, 2008 Although I never had the pleasure to meet Don, I know from conversing with him on the ROG site that he was a man full of love of life. My most sincere condolences to Kathy and all of Don's family and friends. I know he'll be missed. Brian 'Diablo' Wottle, March 27, 2008 I wish to express my deepest sympathy with thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Adeline M Rhodes Vieregge, March 27, 2008 My best thoughts for Kathy and family. I rode with X, along with our mutual friends, many times. His wit, heckling ability, and ride reports are the way it should be done. With friendship, camaradery, and pleasure. Mike "Woody" Woodall, March 27, 2008 There are too many memories to list from the 10 years we rode together and the miles we shared. Kathy, you have our deepest condolances. You are very much a part of those memories and you and Don had something that was obviously very special. Don will be missed more than he could have ever imagined. John & Cass "Coyote" Shreve, March 27, 2008 For though I never had the opportunity to meet Don and Kathy, I feel as if I do know them. I had the awesome chance to look at your pictures and read about your travels and to see the love that is seen in those pictures...Thank you for sharing your life with us. I also own a Rogue and love the freedom, wind, friends, and love that owning a motorcycle gives us that ride them. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of this great couple. My heart is broken to hear about a tragedy as this one. I pray that you will be given the strenght to move forward and to also know that a complete stranger whom never met you guys is hoping and praying for you. Peace be with you. Russ Lindstrom ROG 525 US Army Retired Special Opns Russ Lindstrom, March 26, 2008 I was so sad to hear of Don's death. I have not been in touch with Don since high school but often think of him. I'll always remember his sense of humor and friendship. My sympathy to his family. God bless you Don. Marcella Bermudez, March 26, 2008 Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to all our family and friends. Don will be missed by so many. Mark and Susan Woy, March 26, 2008 My sympathies to Kathy and all the Arden Family. I had the pleasure of working with Don for many years at TI and always enjoyed his honesty and good cheer. We have all lost a good friend. Jim Gallia, March 26, 2008 I am honored to have known Don. He and Kathy were there when I put my bike in a ditch on December 31, 2005. Don remained until the wrecker removed the bike. Then he and Kathy came to check on me at the hospital and comforted my wife. I will be forever grateful for your kindness to me. My prayers are with the family as they remember the wonderful 44 years Don was with us. God bless. Jim D'Englere, March 26, 2008 Dear Arden Family: Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time. You have our deepest, deepest sympathy. Love the Fanales, Doug, Carla & Cory (Somerset, PA) Carla J. Fanale, March 26, 2008 Runt,my thoughts and prayers are with you.The DFWVROC group will not be the same without "X".I wish you the best in your future,Remember you always have a home with DFWVROC. Mike "Rainman" Dean, March 26, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Kit and Jerry Brant Jerry D. Brant, March 26, 2008 Corvette and I would like to offer our condolences, Kathy. We met you and X when we came to HCR in '06. The two of you, and the rest of the HCR gang welcomed us with open arms. Your loss is the world's loss, we need more people like X, not less of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe 'Mal' Blanc, March 26, 2008 Condolences to Runt and family. Paul "BadLuck" Masciantonio, March 26, 2008 kathy, everytime you sent me a letter, it was filled with wonderful things that don had given to you, letters filled with love for don. I can only say that don was one of the best. now i pray that the lord is giving back to him all the gifts of love that he so unselfishly gave. our prayers and thoughts to you and the family. cindy and rick miranda, March 26, 2008 My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Don's family and friends. John John Watkins, March 26, 2008 Would like to let everyone know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Prayer is the place where burdens change shoulders. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope."Romans 15:13" May God send his love like sunshine in his warm and gentle way to fill each corner of your heart each moment of today. Feel our presence with you today. MH/MR Fiscal Staff, March 26, 2008 "Runt", I'm deeply saddened to hear of your loss, the world's loss. "X" made this a better place for those of us that knew him and even for those that didn't. I always looked forward to seeing you guys, rallies and VROC gatherings won't be the same. He'll be sorely missed. Bob "Joker" Denney, March 26, 2008 A great guy who made a difference no matter what he did. Charles C Hefner, March 26, 2008 I met Don and Kathy at the Hasienda Hasta la Vista in Florida last October and knew in an instant he was someone special, in a very special way. There is a large hole in a small part of the world today, I'm a better person for having known Don even for a short while. Thoughts and prayers for Kathy, family and friends. RIP X James "Talon" Wiers, March 26, 2008 We send our sympathy and deep sorrow. You are in our prayers. Lonnie and Pat Watson, March 26, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. John & Mary Ann McGinnis, March 26, 2008 We are so sorry for your lose. Bob & Margaret Charney, March 26, 2008 Thanks, Don, for helping me focus on the important things of life. May you be eternally remembered by all those who love you as the brother you truly are. Prayers for Kathy and all of your family and friends - you will be missed. S~ _^_ Steve 'Scorpion~' Thurgood, March 26, 2008 Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ed and Margaret Cramer, March 26, 2008 I was always in awe of how much he rode his motorcycle and how quickly he would set up the ergonomics of a new bike. I enjoyed riding with Don and seeing Kathy on the back with her little beeny helmet and smiling face. I will miss him and his posts telling where he had been and how the day was pleasing. RIP Charley Vorhees, March 26, 2008 We are friends of the family from Somerset, PA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick & Sherry Murray, March 26, 2008 You have our sympathy Edith Murray, March 26, 2008 You have our sympathy Bradley Murray, March 26, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Don't time of departure from this earth and his moving on to be with our Lord. May God bless you all. Rick & Amy Meyers, March 26, 2008 Kathy....So shocked and sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers. Ellie and Bill Soisson Ellie & Bill Soisson, March 26, 2008 Dear Dorothy and Don, I am so sorry to hear about your loss! You guys have always been like family to me. I can only hope that thru the love and support of your family and friends you can get thru this difficult time. I love you guys! Once again I am so sorry. Jennifer Bowlby, March 26, 2008 Kathy, I just heard about your loss today. I am so sorry. My heart is bleeding. X was a wonderful guy. Norman "Starch" Pursley, March 26, 2008 Our most sincere sympathy Denise, Gary and family. Our prayers are with you. Somerset, PA Orie & Sally Manges, March 26, 2008 Kathy, Please know you have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Eric & Laura King, March 26, 2008 In my memory, Don will always be the no-nonsense guy, who got things done. He will always be remembered for his one liner emails. Don, may your soul rest in peace. Maverick India TI, March 26, 2008 With deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Steve Chamberlain, March 26, 2008 Our most sincere condolences in the loss of Don, he will be missed by many. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet Don and Kathy, seeing them at our house last October ws one of the highlights of the Last Big bash. By living life to the fullest, Don set quite an example for the rest of us to follow. Godspeed Don, keep an eye on us, will ya? And say hi to those you've joined ahead of us.... Scott & Margot Sprankle, March 26, 2008 I only met Don once in Eureka Springs AR in 2003 and found him to be quite an intelligent person. Not one to mince words with, either. A very nice person that knew how to handle a motorcycle. Even though I didn't know him all that well, there is still a hole in my life. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God holds you and hour family in His arms for as long as you need Him to. David J Calhoun, March 26, 2008 With deepest sympathy our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Dean & Doris Murray, March 25, 2008 I never had the pleasure of meeting X ,and from all I have read it was definetly my loss. Prayers for X and his family. RIP Steve Donat, March 25, 2008 I worked with Don at TI. I always admired his straight forward personality. He was one of a kind and he always made time to listen. I'm deeply saddened by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Manjusha Shankaradas, March 25, 2008 We share your grief today in losing Don, and your joy in having had the chance to know him. Don was a tough cookie with a gentle hand and a heart of gold. May he rest in peace. Dave Caffo, March 25, 2008 I met X and Runt through our Vulcan Riders and Owners Club, first in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 2003 and then again at the Hill Country Ride in 2006. A nicer guy you couldn't find.... My prayers are with you Kathy, and your family during this tough time. Donna "Blondy" Boroughs, March 25, 2008 On behalf of Somerset Class of 1980 I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Arden family. As a member of the class Don held a special place in all of our hearts and he will be truly missed. May Gods love heal your broken hearts and provide comfort to all. In the spirit of the "Wild and Crazy Class of 80" May his memory ride on forever. Cheryl Kimmel - Schrock, March 25, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love and our deepest sympathy. Dan, Diane & Laci Wiedner, March 25, 2008 Kathy, My heart felt sympathies go out to you and Dons family. although i only met him once He seemed like such a nice person. He will surely be missed. You are in my prayers For God to help you through this troubled time.With love and sympathy Donna, Donna Marie Hay, March 25, 2008 Heart felt sorrow and with all our prayers. Maureen Hot Sauce Doty, March 25, 2008 Best wishes with lots of thoughts and prayers Marty cowboy Weaver, March 25, 2008 We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you as well. lynn,lacie,rick,levi Trimpey-Bryner, March 25, 2008 Even though we lived far apart we still got to see each other every now and then. And ill never forget those times. Like when we got to ride the motorcycle through town. And i can't forget playing the wii with him that was the best christmas I probably ever had. I loved when you would sent pictures and cards. It's hard to think he won't be there anymore for me. I hope Kathy will be strong and everyone will return safe. I just wanted to let them know how much I loved my uncle. I miss everyone down there. love, Lindsay Arden Lindsay Marie Arden, March 25, 2008 Thinking of you Kathy and will forever miss you uncle Don. Jake Arden Jake Andrew Arden, March 25, 2008 Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing I could say or do to take away your pain, but just know that you will always be in our hearts and our prayers. Tonya, James, and Lillian Ames, March 25, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. Such a loss for us all. Bob & MIcky Helmick Fellow TI'er Bob & Micky Helmick, March 25, 2008 May GOD bless and keep you bringing you comfort and understanding during this time of such tragedy and sorrow. Our hearts go out to you and your family. You all are in our prayers. Rick & Susan Russell, March 25, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's love and peace surround you during this difficult time. With love and deepest sympathy, Mark and Linda Linda Zellem, March 25, 2008 Kathy- Our heart felt sympathies go out to you and the Arden family. Don was a great man and will be sadly missed by all. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Just remember, Don is now looking down on you and he'll always be in your heart. Deepest sympathies. Dennis, Gina & Deklin Hoffman, March 25, 2008 Don, You made your last TI India trip just 10 days back .You found time to personally catchup with many of us inspite many other commitments ...I can't believe you are gone..just like that.. For those who knew you - you restored faith - that it's possible to be a person of unwavering integrity - and make place for oneself in this increasingly complex world. This - along with an amazing intellect and clarity - are the unique capabilities you brought to the workplace. And of course the wry humour that bubbled through every now and then... I am fortunate to have known you and learned from you. May your soul rest in peace. Sumedha Limaye, March 25, 2008 We send our love & prayers to Don's family & friends. May your memories sustain you thru these difficult days & months to come. St. Peter probably already has a bike ready for Don to buzz around heaven so he can visit all the family waiting to greet him. sue&dave smith, March 25, 2008