ELLIS T. "Ed" AUSTIN

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Ed, son of early Norwegian pioneers Christian F. and Anna Hage, was born on September 25, 1915, in Toronto, SD. He passed away on June 11, 2014. Ed spent his formative years in the Pacific Northwest where he taught school in the late 1930s before becoming a journeyman carpenter working on American defense projects in the Kodiak region of Alaska. Ed served in the US Army Air Force from 1943-1946. He married Jean Cole of North Carolina in 1946. He completed a BA Degree in 1947 from University of Washington and his PhD in Economics from Michigan State University in 1955. He came to Fresno in 1958 to teach in the School of Business at California State University, Fresno for 27 years. Ed obtained many honors during his teaching career, including being a special consultant of the Governor's 1968 Advisory Commission on Tax Reform. He loved teaching, playing pool and cards, spending his summer vacations building his cabin on Puget Sound, woodworking, dancing with his wife and raising three daughters. He felt fortunate to have such a wonderful family. He described his grandchildren as "exceptionally talented". He enjoyed sharing his lifelong stories of growing up during the Depression, traveling and serving in WWII. His stories and "can-do" spirit will live on through family and friends. He is survived by his three daughters, Pamela (Brian) Jones, Vickie (John) Moore of Bakersfield and Lori (Tom) Daniells of Harvard, MA; and five grandchildren, Aaron Jones, Andrew and Alison Moore and Austin and Alexandra Daniells. Services will be held at Farewell Funeral, 660 West Locust Street in Fresno on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Ed was always willing to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Fresno. For condolences please visit www.farewell.com
Published in the Fresno Bee on July 13, 2014
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