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Edmond C. Powell

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Powell, Edmond C.
October 8, 1927 - March 13, 2013 Ed Powell passed away from natural causes March 13. He lived the last five years of his life in Bakersfield, CA. He is survived by his wife, Maria, and his four sons: Michael (Patricia), Steve (Robin) and grandson William, Larry (Lorina), and Alan. Dad's ashes will be interred at the Veterans National Cemetery outside Bakersfield. A U. S. Navy World War II Veteran and graduate of the College of the Pacific, Dad raised four sons to treat people fairly, live a life of integrity, and do your best in whatever you do. After working as a journalist and public relations specialist for eight years, including six years at the Oakland Tribune, he developed a professional career in real estate board association management. The final 16 years of his work life was as the Executive Vice President of the Phoenix Real Estate Board retiring in 1989. Dad was a good man, loyal and supportive of his staff. He practiced a work ethic of service. He spoke fondly of the people he knew in his Association life and the accomplishments of the Board of Directors, staff, and member volunteers were able to achieve. He was also proud of his earning the title of Certified Association Executive (CAE) while at the Board, being one of the first three CAE's in Phoenix. Ed Powell was the neighborhood Dad. He found great joy in loading up to a dozen kids in the station wagon and taking them to the local high school for an afternoon of football. Trips to the beach, a week at a mountain cabin and camping trips to the river, were the summer adventures he spent with his family. Dad lived a simple life that was devoted to supporting his family the best ways he knew how. When he wanted something for himself or his family, he would go first class, like the trip of a lifetime when he and Mom went cruising along the coast of Alaska. His best decision he ever made was proposing, marrying, and living nearly 60 years with Mom. Her attention to him in the last months of his life is a testament to her love for him and living the vows they exchanged in 1953. Thank you Dad for your love, the life lessons you taught by example, and providing for your family. Your loving support will be missed dearly. May you rest in peace. Donations in memory of Ed Powell can be made to Optimal Hospice Care, 1675 Chester Avenue, Suite 401, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5209.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 20, 2013
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