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Irving L. EAKES

IRVING L. EAKS passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014. He was 90 years old. Irv spent his childhood on a farm in Delta, Colorado with his parents, Elvis Augustus Eaks and Irene Clara Springer Eaks. He raised the crops and livestock, hunted for meat and drove the horses for the hay wagon. He excelled in sports as a youth and walked 3 miles a day in his 70s. During World War II, Irv was proud to serve in Europe under General Patton. He witnessed the liberation of the last prisoners from Dachau. Irv used his G.I. Bill and was awarded scholarships to attend Colorado A and M, "Aggies," now called Colorado State University. There, he met Catherine Delp in Biology class. In 1948, Irv and Cathy were married and moved to California where Irv was taking his PhD in Plant Physiology at U C Davis. He studied the best practices for storage and transportation of fruit and vegetables after harvest. This field became his life's work. The California Citrus Experiment Station offered Irv a position that quickly became full professor at U C Riverside. He taught doctoral students from every corner of the world where citrus or avocados could be grown. He traveled extensively as lecturer, consultant and expert witness, including sabbaticals in Australia and China. Irv was active on university committees and in professional science associations. Irv was also active in the Riverside community at Calvary Presbyterian Church as deacon and elder and with the Riverside Symphony as house manager and board member. Irv was known as a avid landscaper and gardener. He shared the wooden bowls that he turned on his lathe with friends around the globe. Irv was always gratified by his ability to provide for his family. He is survived by his children: Joanne Eaks Wilson, Gerald Edward Eaks and Jeanette Eaks. Irv was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Delp Eaks. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Monday, Feb. 10th at 1pm at Riverside National Cemetery, area 5. For information and to post a tribute log onto www.achesonandgraham.com



Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9, 2014
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