LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--It is with heartfelt sorrow that the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) announces the unexpected death of 2012 C.A.R. Past President LeFrancis Arnold yesterday in Los Angeles.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about LeFrancis’ sudden passing. LeFrancis was a great leader and an inspiration to all who worked with him, and his contribution to organized real estate is immeasurable,” said C.A.R. President Don Faught. “I’m proud to have served on C.A.R.’s 2012 leadership team with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
LeFrancis Arnold was a licensed real estate broker for 36 years and a member of organized real estate for the last 35 years. Arnold served as president of the Los Angeles County Board of REALTORS® (LACBOR) in 2008, and was the first appointed large Board NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® representative for the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® in 2006. He was first appointed C.A.R. director in 1994 and was named REALTOR® of the Year by his local association in 1979 and 2008. Arnold served on numerous C.A.R. committees at the leadership level including the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning and Finance, Housing Opportunity, Housing Affordability Fund, Real Estate Finance, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity, and CREPAC. Active in his community, Arnold served as chairman of the Lynwood Economic Development Committee and was currently on the board of the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate.
A former defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, Arnold followed his mother, Evelyn, into the real estate business in 1976. Arnold became a broker the following year and a general contractor in 1979. Together, he and his mother built Excellence Realty and All Communities Escrow Services, Inc. Most recently, Arnold was a candidate for California State Assembly, 62nd District.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Sheryl, and two sons, Jason and LeFrancis II, and two grandchildren. Funeral services are pending.
Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with 155,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.