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Edward Wylone Bailey


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Edward Wylone Bailey Obituary
Feb. 17, 1939 - Feb. 26, 2018 Memorial services are pending for Edward Wylone Bailey, who died, Feb. 26 in his Woodland home, after many years of poor health. He was born on Feb. 17, 1939 to John and Marylou Bailey in Arvin, CA, where his father worked as a blacksmith and welder for farmers and ranchers. In that rural Kern County community, he grew up driving a tractor and doing other agricultural work for a neighboring farmer and participated in Boy Scouts. At Arvin High School, he played football and was a trombonist in the marching band, graduating in 1957. In 1958, he married Deanna Williams, his high school sweetheart. After attending Bakersfield College for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a draftsman. Military life took the young couple to Petaluma; Colorado Springs, CO; and Torrance. By then, their family had grown to include two daughters and a son. After eight years in the military, Bailey decided to return to college to become a teacher. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1966. He received his bachelor's degree in 1969 and teaching credential in 1970, both from California State University, Fresno. He later earned a master's degree from California Lutheran University. In 1971 he joined the faculty at Adolfo Camarillo High School, where he taught crafts and coached football. In 1978, he accepted a position in the foothills east of Fresno at Sierra High School, teaching woodshop and geography and coaching football, baseball and women's softball. Family members recall that he thoroughly enjoyed teaching and coaching and had an affinity for his students, many of who were bused in from the rural communities of Tollhouse, Auberry, Prather and three Native American rancherias. Students staying after school for sports, dances or other activities found a ready welcome and often a bite to eat at the Baileys' house, located across from the high school. Eager to extend his geography students' perspective beyond the classroom, Bailey and his wife also organized school-related campouts in the foothills to go gold panning and over to the coast to go fishing. In later years, he taught high school courses in the Sierra district's Sandy Bluffs Alternative Education Center. He stayed in touch with many of his students after they graduated from high school and retired from teaching in 2001. When not teaching or coaching, he enjoyed exploring the foothills, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood and, in later years, gold panning. He was a member of the Coarsegold Gold Prospectors, a non-profit, educational organization. After overcoming a number of serious health challenges, Bailey and his wife moved to Woodland in 2013 to be near their son and his family. He leaves his wife, Deanna; daughter, Wylona Farrens and her husband Albert of Paso Robles; son, Andan Bailey (Pat) of Davis; brother, Doug Bailey (Cheryl) of Payson, AZ, and cousin, Gerald Mcneill of Bakersfield. He also is survived by nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Samantha and his parents. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Published in Daily Democrat on Mar. 8, 2018
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