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Feb. 10, 1950 - Apr. 4, 2013

The life journey ended for Earle W. Sperber on Thursday, April 4, 2013 as he passed peacefully in his sleep after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Earle was born February 10, 1950 in Brawley, CA to Margaret and Herman "Red" Sperber. He graduated from Pine Union Elementary School in Holtville where he was awarded an Eagle Scout degree. He attended Holtville Union High School for 2 years and then transferred to Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, FL. While there he discovered his passion for flying and earned his private and commercial air pilot's license as well as graduating as valedictorian in 1968. He studied a couple years at the University of Florida in Gainesville before returning to the Imperial Valley to learn the farming business with his father and eventually take over Sperber Farms.
Earle was very active in his community of Holtville and the Imperial Valley. He was a lifetime member of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Navy League of Imperial Valley and Imperial County Pioneers Museum. He was also a member of the Pima Air & Space Museum, Rotary Club of Holtville, Swiss Club of Imperial Valley, Rustlers and Gourmet Club. Many will remember the numerous hours devoted each year as "Santa".
He married his wife Mary Muller on December 31, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his father Herman Sperber and sister Marilyn Sperber.
He is survived by his beloved wife Mary; son Brian of Holtville; mother Margaret Sperber of San Diego; sister Carolyn (Giovanni) Bertussi of San Diego; step-children Gretchen (Jess) Johnson of Brawley; Danell (Brad) Gunter of Cayce, SC; Trevor Cartee of W. Columbia, SC; grandchildren Haylee and Conner Johnson and Oslynn Cartee, numerous nieces and nephews and especially his loving canine companion "Lucky" Lindy.
A viewing will be held at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley, CA from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Services will be held at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been set up in Earle's name at Holtville High School. Donations can be sent to Holtville High School c/o Chrys Diez, 755 Olive Ave., Holtville, CA 92250 (memo - Earle Sperber) or the Imperial County Pioneers Museum.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2013
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