De Merrill Sharp
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April 5, 1924 - December 2, 2012
De Merrill Sharp a 63 year resident of Torrance, was born on April 5, 1924, in Monterey Park, California, to Genevieve and D. M. Sharp, and passed peacefully from this earth at home December 2, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. He was 88. De was preceded in death by his brother Joseph Sharp, sister Betty Trumbull, and his beloved daughter, Kathi. He is survived by Mary Stuart, his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, sons Richard Sharp and Joseph (Betsy) Sharp, daughters Lynn Sharp and Connie (William) Sterling, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. De joined the Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force, early in WWII and served in the Pacific Theater. With his knowledge of Morse code he was assigned as a radioman and flew in C47's and B25's. After the war he worked at several defense plants and retired after 28 years with Boeing North American. Always busy, De was a prize-winning silversmith, a lapidary, ham radio operator, shade-tree mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician, and all-round do-it-yourselfer. When he needed something else to do he helped form a barbershop quartet and laid a brick patio in the back yard. Forever tinkering with something in his shop, he built several dune buggies from the frame up. He loved trains and was a model railroader. He salvaged a WWII landing craft and organized a Sea Scout Troop with boys from his church. He said the boat wallowed like an old sow but it taught the boys real seamanship on their trips to Catalina. He loved the outdoors and traveling, and with Mary Stuart enjoyed visiting many countries in Europe, the British Isles and Ireland, as well as China, Egypt, Canada, and Mexico. A 36 year member of the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society, he held several offices, was active on fields trips, and enjoyed demonstrating sphere making at the club's annual show. He grew a white beard every year and, with a red shirt and cap, enjoyed playing Santa Claus, especially at Disneyland where little kids would come up and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Insatiably curious about what was around the next bend or over the next hill, De has gone on to his final adventure. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Services are pending and will be private. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. AM Gamby Funeral Home
25001 Narbonne Ave.
Lomita, CA 90717
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 5, 2012