EARL S. FOX (1921 - 2013)

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EARL SPENCER FOX Earl Spencer Fox, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2013. He was born August 25, 1921, the son of John and Jessie Fox, in Corning, CA. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Phyllis Ann Coker Fox of Visalia, CA, his daughters (the 3 J's) Jane Lynn (Arlen) of Visalia, CA, Janice Mueller of Terrebonne, OR, and Joy Fox Ghetia (Jeff Forsman) of Swan Valley, ID as well as 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Edyth Fox, Corning, Dorothy Stewart, Sacramento. Earl was a Veteran of WWII. As a Master Sargent in the Army, he was part of the first wave to go into the Battle of Okinawa, where he remained until it was secured. Following that he joined with General McArthur's occupation forces on the island of Hokaiddo, Japan until he returned home in February, 1946. After leaving the Army, he worked with his father as a Standard Oil Distributor and olive rancher in Corning, CA. From 1950-63, Earl became an entrepreneur, owning a grocery business, A & Ws, a drive-in restaurant (The 3 J's), while continuing to acquire more olives and other crops, which he farmed. His passion was olives...which ultimately led to his leaving Corning. After serving as the head of the Board for Orinda Olive Corporation, he was asked to become their Assistant General Manager. In 1964, the family moved to Moraga, CA and in 1965 Earl was promoted to General Manager. The following years he was instrumental in the mergers of Orinda, Rocca Bella and Lindsay Olives and in 1967 the family moved to Visalia, CA where Earl would become the President of Lindsay Olives until his retirement in 1982. Following that, Earl and Phyllis 'retired' to beautiful Incline Village, NV. From there they moved to Reno, NV, then to Madera, CA and just recently found their way back to Park Visalia until he peacefully left for his Heavenly Home. Earl was a life-long member of Rotary International. No matter where he traveled, he always attended Rotary and maintained 63 years of perfect attendance. He served as a Trustee of Linfield College, where several of his children and grandchildren attended. He was Chairman of California Canners League, served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Baptist Homes of the West, and served on many church finance and search committees. He loved to travel! He and Phyllis took each of their grandchildren, as well as other family and friends, on many excursions from the U.S.A. to Europe, Asia, Australia and many other destinations. Besides his faith, olives, and travel. Earl had one more passion -the San Francisco 49ers! He was honored as one of the longest-holding season ticket holders in the franchise's history. One look at him and you knew exactly who 'his team' was! He loved people and people loved him! He never met a stranger, and spent his life working tirelessly to better the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Gone but not forgotten, fly with the angels Earl, until we meet again at Heaven's Gate! In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons International or to the Rotary International Student Foreign Exchange program. Graveside services will be held June 14th, 11AM, Sunset Cemetery, Corning, CA. Arrangements by Miller Memorial Chapel.
Published in Daily News on June 14, 2013
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