Arthur Samuel Macfarlane 73, a retired Navy commander who was also formerly assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died April 30, 1991, at his St. George home of cancer.

Mr. Macfarlane was born in St. George, attended the University of Utah and graduated from the University of Maryland. In December 1941 he joined the FBI and a year later became a Navy officer and pilot. He later served as an executive officer on a ship in the Middle East.He was officer in charge of Naval Air Transport Service on Manus Island and in Tokyo, spent two years on an admiral's staff in the Far East and served during World War II in the Atlantic, Pacific and Korea. From 1962 to 1964 he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington and at Camp David. In 1966 he helped establish and operate the Fleet Operation Control Center for Naval Forces Europe in London.

Mr. Macfarlane received many military decorations, including the Air Medal, Navy Commendation and Joint Chiefs of Staff medals. After retiring from the Navy in 1970, he worked in London for Middle West Services, a management consulting firm, and Clinton International Oil Co. He and his wife, the former Darlene Martines, moved to St. George in 1976.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Bloomington 4th LDS Ward chapel. Burial and graveside services with military rites will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Richfield Cemetery.