Randy Arnaud, 62, of Conroe, former Bridge City coach and assistant principal, died Monday, May 11, 2009. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe – (936) 756-3391. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from First United Methodist Church in Conroe, 4308 W. Davis. 

He had been set to play in a Texas Tech alumni golf tournament in Houston, when the longtime golf enthusiast and State Farm insurance agent was found collapsed in the driveway of his Bentwater home by a neighbor.

A graduate of Lamar University, he began as an assistant football coach and later was assistant principal at Bridge City High School. He moved to Conroe in 1985 where he opened a State Farm office.
Richard Briggs, principal at Bridge City High School, was a student when Arnaud served as activities director.

“There are certain faces and institutions when one thinks of Bridge City High School,” Briggs said. “Mr. Arnaud would be one of those. He had a reputation as someone who could make things happen. I remember a baseball game – and a lot of water was on the field and suddenly a helicopter showed up and blew all the water off. I don’t know where he got the helicopter or even who we played that day. All I remember is that helicopter hovering over the field.

“He always had kids first in mind, and was a bundle of energy. He was in education for all the right reasons. He was a treasure to the school, had a big heart and will be missed.”

The Conroe Courier reported late Tuesday Arnaud was a former board director with the Houston Golf Association, described as a behind-the-scenes contributor who accommodated varied requests by members of the media and golf professionals who attended the Shell Houston Open.

Burt Darden, association director of communications, told the paper. “His involvement in charity work was phenomenal. It was never, ‘What’s in it for me?’ It was, ‘How can I help?’”

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, son Josh and daughter Amy.

After Hurricane Rita, Arnaud was known to drop-off food to state troopers while visiting Southeast Texas. A past president of the Conroe High School Parent Teacher Association, Arnaud donated books for reading programs at various schools in the Conroe area.