Earl Malcolm Caruthers, Jr. Age 62, Retired United States Park Police Officer
, of Novato, CA died peacefully at home on December 20, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Middletown, New York on October 15, 1951 to the late Constance Hope and Earl "Jock" Malcolm Caruthers, Sr. Earl spent his summers in with his grandparents, the late Sally and James Walker, Sr., proprietors of Paradise Farms Resort, Cuddebackville, N.Y. As a child, Earl was sent to summer camps in the Catskill Valley where he learned to be a competitive and formidable swimmer, tennis opponent in doubles and singles, and a skilled equestrian. He spent the school year living with his dad in Kansas City, Kansas. After graduating from Wyandotte High School he enlisted in the Navy. After completing basic training he was assigned to the U.S.S. Rathburne (FF-1057). Earl served four years active duty and two more years in the reserve. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. His summer breaks were spent with his grandparents working at the resort as a waiter, lifeguard and playing drums in the evenings. In the summer of 1973 he met his wife, Dolores. They were married that November and for forty years have remained life long friends and partners in raising their two children. While attending college Earl was recruited by the uniform division of the U.S. Secret Service where he was assigned to the detail of the U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and numerous embassies in Washington, D.C. Earl's love of horses and riding lead him to his position with the Horse Mounted Unit of the United States Park Police Force. He applied and was sent to the training center in GA. Earl was assigned to Staten Island, New York in 1980 and was transferred to the San Francisco Field Office in 1981, where his dream of being accepted in the Horse Mounted Patrol was realized. In 1982, his son, Earl Malcolm Caruthers, III, was born, followed in 1985 by his daughter, Danyelle Mary Caruthers of Concord and San Francisco respectively. Earl volunteered as a T-ball coach for Twin Cities Little League and continued to coach his son's baseball teams through high school. In addition to coaching Earl volunteered where needed for TCLL and served on their Board of Directors. He successfully coached numerous All-star Teams to victory. Most people will think of Earl being behind the BBQ grilling burgers before and/or after his games. TCLL parents and players will always remember of him for saying, "right here, right now, and ducks on the pond" while coaching or watching baseball games. He enjoyed playing tennis, camping at Shasta Lake, parties, dancing, and watching the Oakland A's and the New York Jets. He loved spending down time with his family and friends. Earl's musical talents included playing the drums and he loved singing. Once at a USPP Holiday Party, Earl sang "The Christmas Song" and the whole room was quiet because no one had known how well he sang. Earl was proud that his best accomplishment was being the best dad he could be. Earl was a friend to all, and always had something good to say about everyone. As his illness progressed he loved sitting on the corner of Grant and Third in Novato, waving and giving all who passed a cheery smile. Earl was predeceased by his sisters Candace Caruthers-Morrow and Gloria Caruthers, and is survived by his wife Dolores, mother-in-law, Mary Keys, of Port Jervis, N.Y., his two children Earl III and Danyelle, sister Tonya Stewart of New York, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Earl will be missed; his family and friends have been blessed with lasting and loving memories. A Celebration of Earl's Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the General's Residence at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. More info email@example.comFuneral. Arrangements are by Monte's Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo, CA.