Arthur R. Dubs took the final walk home with our Father Jesus Christ on June 11, 2013.
Arthur was born February 26, 1930, in Phoenix, Ore., to Reinhard Jacob Christian Dubs and Elsie Marie Frohreich. A Southern Oregon man through and through, he lived his entire life in the region. From a young age Arthur enjoyed working and playing in the outdoors.
Arthur parlayed his strong work ethic into a successful development and custom home building business. Dubs Custom Homes populated the southern valley real estate market in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and his homes are still as popular today as when they hit the market.
During the 1960s, Arthur merged his love for the outdoors with his newfound interest in the film industry to document his outdoor adventures. The years of documenting trips and filming wildlife resulted in Arthur starting a motion picture business, Pacific International Enterprises, which put a little Hollywood in Medford.
Arthur's Pacific International Enterprises created over 12 full-length feature films that played in theaters throughout the country and internationally. Nearly all of these films were syndicated internationally and continue to play throughout the world.
In 1981, Arthur produced the film "Windwalker" which was nominated for an Academy Award. Arthur also wrote and produced the family adventure series the "Wilderness Family." In 1982, Arthur shut down the streets of Jacksonville, Ore., to film the movie "Dream Chasers."
Arthur was also renowned for his hunting abilities. In 1960, Arthur took the world's largest polar bear as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and Life Magazine. He still holds the world record for the largest Grand Slam of North American bighorn sheep. In 2010, Safari Club International honored Arthur with the International Hunting Ring Award for his worldwide hunting accomplishments. Many of his hunting trophies will be on display at the Bass Pro Shops' Wonders of Wildlife Museum, Springfield, Mo.
Finally, Arthur was a devout Christian who believed that unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. Arthur's stewardship of the Lord's gifts benefitted the Apostolic Faith Church, the Dubs Cancer Center, the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County, the United Way of Jackson County, Legal Aid of Jackson County, and many other worthy charities.
The Arthur R. Dubs Foundation will continue to provide donations to Southern Oregon charitable organizations for years to come.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Lillian Dubs, Bernetta Andrews, Marie Jones, Lois Frymire, and Mildred Friesen.
Arthur is survived by the love of his life, Michele Pillon; three daughters, Pamela Girard, Lori Staten, and Joni Kaady; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister, Barbara Brown, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Arthur will be at 11:00 a.m., June 17, 2013, at Apostolic Faith Church, 285 Sunrise Avenue, Medford, OR.