June 1, 1940 - February 1, 2012
The family of Jon Howard Arbenz is saddened to announce his passing. Mr. Arbenz, b. 6/1/1940, died of heart failure at University Hospital on 2/1/2012. He lived the last five years of his life in Cincinnati , where he is survived by his sons: Jason, of Pleasant Ridge, and Jordan , of Northside. His life was comprised of several interesting chapters: his Southern California upbringing, his years in The Serendipity Singers, his broadcasting career, his family life on the East Coast, and his transition into the securities field. Born in Glendale CA , he graduated from Birmingham HS (’58) in Sioux Falls , SD , and the from University Of Colorado , (’63). He met his wife, Jane White, of Whittier , CA , and his band mates while at school. 1964 began with the couple’s wedding, included the birth of son, Jason, and saw “Crooked Little Man (Don’t Let The Rain Come Down)” reach #5 in the nation. The group made regular television appearances, and toured the world, releasing six LPs, and once entertaining President Lyndon Johnson, at The White House. Second son, Jordan arrived in 1968, and by 1970 Jon left the singing group to begin at CBS. He sold both radio and TV spots, and also managed radio station WEEI- FM in Boston , before joining upstart cable network ESPN. The family enjoyed stays in Bedford Hills , NY , and Sudbury , MA , prior to landing in Wilton , CT , in 1978, where Jon would remain until 2006. He will be fondly remembered for his commitment to youth baseball, which extended well beyond the years of of his own sons’ involvement. He was also huge Red Sox fan who thankfully lived to savor their two world series championships. Though he lost wife Jane in 1987 following an automobile accident, Jon remained active in Wilton , and sold securities through a local bank. His loves included golf, reading, and the ocean; and he was a twenty five year member of The Golden Oldies softball team. Through all, his personality was his greatest asset. He moved to Blue Ash in 2006, and lived most recently in Silverton. Jon is also survived by his brother Bill Arbenz of Los Angeles , and grandchildren Kate Nicksic of Chicago, and Devin, Calvin, and Jocelyn Arbenz of Cincinnati. Services will be held in March at Hillside Cemetery , Wilton , CT.
The Adams’ extend their sincere sympathy on the passing on Jon. Jon was a classmate of mine and I always enjoyed the times we spent together. He was an amazing guy, had great talent and was fun to be with.
Royce Adams, Class of ’58, WHS