John Arne Marthinsson |

John Arne Marthinsson

John Arne Marthinsson

Aspen, CO ColoradoJohn Arne Marthinsson died peacefully on Thursday, June 21, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born on Feb. 17, 1932, in Bergen, Norway, to Solvieg and Karl Marthinsson.

In his late 20s, Arne was invited to America to “teach the Americans how to ski.” In August 1959 he came to Aspen, with $32 in his pocket and a one-way ticket, not speaking a word of English. Those who knew him might still wonder if he ever fully learned the language. He had agreed to stay for two years. Though Aspen is a wonderful place to ski, it was the infamous summers that captivated his heart. In 1967 he married Joan Suzanne Petriak, and in 1975 they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lila Suzanne.

The quiet spring offseasons were a perfect opportunity to travel. It was the deserts of Arizona where he developed a great adoration for the game of golf. After many years in the mountains he surrendered to the call of the desert. In 1999 his love of golf and water brought him to Lake Havasu City, Ariz.As he takes his journey forward he leaves his wife, Joan, daughter, Lila, and his brother, Svein, and many amazing friends and family all over the world. He was an amazingly patient, generous, and kind-hearted man that will be dearly missed. Happy trails on your next journey.

Arne’s family request that donations be made in his name to Hospice of Havasu, P.O. Box 597, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405.Condolences and thoughts can be sent to his family at

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