Edward Irving Mears(1937 - 2013)

Edward Irving Mears
Feb. 15 1937 - Jun. 17, 2013
Resident of Redwood City
Edward Irving Mears, a resident of Redwood City, California, passed away peacefully at his home on June 17th, 2013, after an extended illness. He had celebrated Father's Day on June 16th with his Wife of 51 years, Kay Carolyn Mears, his sons Michael and George Mears, and Patrick Griffin, as close as a natural son, all present.
Ed had three separate careers in his life. First as a musician and graduate of the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C., he played clarinet, saxophone, and flute in the U.S. Navy band and the Norfolk and Charleston Symphony orchestras, before accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Although he graduated as an engineer in 1962, he was most known for his modernistic jazz arrangements and leadership of the Naval Academy Jazz Band, the NA10, before embarking on his career as a Naval Officer and serving three tours in Viet Nam, where he served as a self-described "Ship Jockey", the navigator responsible for steering the ship in and out of enemy waters.
When he finally received shore duty and served as the head of the Instructor school at the Naval Training center, he embarked on his third career and attended law school at night at USD, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1972. From San Diego, he moved his family to Redwood City, California, where he practiced as a certified specialist in Family Law from 1972 to 2012.
His recreation passion was golf and he spent many hours on the course, both at home and at the family vacation home he had built in San Felipe, Baja Norte, California. Another passion was reading and he had lively dialogues with his friends locally and internationally. His third passion was traveling all over the world from all of Europe, South America back to Viet Nam, Cambodia in 2012.
A memorial service celebrating Ed's life will be held on July 13, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Redwood City.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 10, 2013