Earl L. Painter, 84, of Evergreen passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 28, 2012, with his wife of 60 years by his side.
Earl was born in 1928 in Stockton, Utah. His family moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., where he attended elementary school. He later attended and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. Earl went to college at the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kan., on a football scholarship. He met his future wife, Paula, there and started spending more time at the library with her. The serious relationship was verified by the college peers when they were voted King and Queen of Sweethearts at the Valentine Ball. He graduated from the College of Emporia in 1951 with a B.A. in history and education and married Paula Fankhauser on June 12, 1952. He taught and coached high school sports in Kansas for 11 years and received an M.A. in education from Wichita University. Sons Chris and Jon were born while the family was living in Kansas.
In 1962, Earl took a position with Jefferson County schools as football coach, world history teacher, driver's education and physical education teacher at Evergreen High School. He later became athletic director there. In 1969, Earl became assistant principal at the West Jefferson combined Elementary and Junior High Schools. When they divided, he chose to be principal at West Jefferson Elementary. While there, his organization of after-school staff basketball games with teachers and friends was legendary. Later Earl served as principal of Hutchinson Elementary and Parmalee Elementary, and he retired in 1995.
During retirement, he vigorously enjoyed attending sporting events, running, skiing and bicycling with his many friends. His bicycle trips took him throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His younger brother, Gene, moved to Evergreen to join him in these activities. "Big" and "Little" Paint enjoyed many special times together. During leisure times he was a voracious reader. In later years, he enthusiastically backed the Evergreen High basketball teams as an ardent supporter. His loves included family, education, students, teachers, parents and sports. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, and leadership with affection.
What a guy, Earl, our Pearl!
He was preceded in death by the loss of two beloved sons, Chris Earl Painter and Jon Eric Painter; and a brother Norman Terkelson. Survivors include his wife, Paula Painter; dear daughter-in-law Alice; loving grandson Christopher Emerson; brothers Jack (Jan) and Gene (Barbara); daughter in love Carol (Chuck) Hathaway; sister-in-law Ann Kretsinger; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and dear wonderful friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Evans Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive Evergreen, CO 80439.
Published in Canyon Courier from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 2012