GRASS, Earl Edward
Earl was called home by the Lord after a struggle with pancreatic cancer on October 30, 2012, at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by 3 of his siblings: Eugene, Louanne and Dick. He is survived by 3 other siblings: Dolores, Paul and Liz plus his wife, Margaret (Peggy) of 60 years, 5 children: Judith Leonard (Steve), Steve Grass (Diane), Jean McKenry (Charles), Patrick Grass (Kelly) and Carol Dacanay (Joe) and their 13 grandchildren: Joshua, Alex, Marissa, Rebecca, Steve Jr., Sarah, Arianna, Lexi, Lorenzo, Austin, Korryne, Jesse, Casey and their spouses plus 14 great-grandchildren.
Earl was born in Owatonna, MN on May 8, 1928 and always considered himself a farm boy. He graduated from Owatonna High School and enlisted in the Army where he served in Korea in the 143rd Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment from Nov. 1946 to Nov. 1947. He then entered the new Veterinary School at the University of Minn. in Jan. 1948. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1953 and returned later to receive a Masters of Public Health degree in 1966. It was his promotion as Regional Epidemiologist in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that brought him and his family to Fair Oaks, California. He served on many animal disease task forces throughout the United States and supervised the import of horses for the 1984 Olympics in the Los Angeles area. He retired in 1988 after 36 yrs. of service in the USDA. Earl served St. Mel's Catholic Church for many years as an usher, Eucharistic Minister, and Minister to the sick and aged and he was a devotee of daily mass. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1961 and twice served as Grand Knight and as District Deputy for 2 years. He joined the 4th degree of the K.C.'s in 2002 and was their Comptroller for 6 yrs. He belongs to the Branch 33 of the Sons in Retirement serving as several of their officers (Secretary, Editor, Little Sir, Big Sir). He was a member of the Veterinarians of Sacramento Valley organization and a partner in Veterinary Contractors Inc. Earl was an avid reader; he liked to play cards, fish, camp, travel and enjoyed his cactus collection.
There will be a Rosary on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 5pm at ST. MEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH (4745 Pennsylvania Ave. Fair Oaks) and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered also at St. Mel's Friday at 11AM. Private Interment of ashes. PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (725-2109), directors.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on November 2, 2012