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Arthur William Defenderfer III

July 23, 1952 — Dec. 14, 2019

Arthur (Art) W. Defenderfer III was born in Bangor, Maine, and when he was 14, his family moved from New England to Marin County. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1970.

As a student at UC Davis, Art was an avid academic, mountain-climber, photographer and seeker of spiritual knowledge, but nothing filled the God-shaped vacuum in his spirit until Art accepted and dedicated his life to the Lord Jesus in 1973.

He graduated from UC Davis in 1974 and from Christ of the Nations Institute in 1978. In 1982 he earned a MA degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State.

Art dedicated his life to his church and bringing others to the Lord. For the past 13 years Art was the senior Pastor of the Word of Life Christian Center and the leader of the Good Shepherd International Fellowship in Davis. He participated in and led multiple mission trips to the Philippines as well as missions to Poland, Siberia and Mexico. Art was also passionate about healing the broken hearted and provided professional counseling for nearly 40 years.

Art will be remembered for his sincerity and enthusiasm. He practiced what he preached, proclaiming the Gospel of Lord Jesus and bringing healing to many.

In the rare instances his family could pry him away from his life’s mission Art was full of enthusiasm for nature; Yosemite, the Sierras and Mt. Tamalpias some of this favorite spots.

Art is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Rachael; granddaughter Bella; and brothers Kim, Donald and Benjamin.

365体育投注A celebration of Art’s life will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. All who knew him are invited. The biggest gift is God’s love for you. Call us at The Word of Life Christian Center 530-758-7750 for love, compassion, prayer and care.

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