Searle Garth Colson
April 30, 1928 - June 21, 2013
Resident of Oakland
Searle Garth Colson, a native Oaklander and 4th generation Californian, passed away on June 21 away after a lengthy illness.
Searle was a descendant of one of the earliest families who settled Oakland. His great grandfather, Pierre Berit, came to the city in 1851 and lived in the 400 block of 2nd Street for many years. Searle's grandfather, Gustave Colson, Sr. was a blacksmith in Oakland and also spent many years prospecting for gold in Alaska at the turn of the 20th century.
His parents, Gustave, Jr. and Clara, resided on Ardley Avenue for almost 40 years. Gustave Jr. owned a tie and jewelry store in downtown and sold cars at Broadway Ford for 27 years.
Searle graduated from Oakland's St. Mary's College High School in 1946, served honorably in the US Army
and graduated from Armstrong College in 1956. He met and married Alfreda M. Carr in 1958. They moved to San Jose in 1963 lived throughout the United States until 1982, eventually settling in Palm Desert in 1999.
Searle is survived by three sons and six grandchildren: Bret who resides in Garden Grove, CA; Scott who resides in Livermore, CA; and Blake who resides in Irvine, CA. He will be interred at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Riverside.