Former Alaskan resident Earl Behunin Brinkerhoff, 80, passed away at home in Surprise, Arizona on October 12, 2013 with his wife and daughters by his side. Earl was born January 27, 1933 in Bicknell, Utah to Dennis and Nila Brinkerhoff.
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He attended Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah where he excelled in basketball, football, and track. Earl joined the Air Force in 1952 and was stationed in Montana at Yaak AFB, where he met and married Eunice Spalding on July 3, 1954. After living in Idaho, Colorado and Utah they settled in Anchorage in 1959 with 3 young children. Earl drove truck for Sunrise Bakery and K & L Distributors in the early 60's before starting his own business endeavor with the purchase of Hobart Sales and Service in 1965. He owned and operated Hobart until 1977.
Earl and Eunice returned to his hometown of Bicknell for 3 years then moved to Venture Out in Mesa, Arizona in 1980. In 1997 they moved to Sun City Grand in Surprise where he could play golf every day. Earl loved golfing and always looked forward to his yearly summer trips up the Alaskan Highway to visit his children and grandchildren. He was instrumental in helping his daughter, Charlene and son-in-law, Bruce build and maintain their fishing lodge (Reel Em Inn) in Ninilchik.
Earl will be remembered by his family and friends as a very hard worker, able to fix anything, and his dedication to finishing the job long after quitting time. His favorite activities were golfing, playing pool, traveling by motorhome, and tinkering with gadgets.
Earl is preceded in death by his parents and brother Dick.
He is survived by his wife Eunice; children, Dennis (Cindy) Brinkerhoff, Charlene (Bruce) McLean, Beth Ann Shropshire, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grand children, brother Vance Brinkerhoff and sister Dorothy Martin. Earl requested no service and donated his body to Science Care. Remembrances may be sent to Eunice Brinkerhoff, 15744 West Clear Canyon Drive, Surprise, Arizona 85374.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a contribution to your local Hospice.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013