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Earl McClaskey


1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Earl McClaskey Obituary
Earl Warren McClaskey

September 9, 1937 - July 23, 2014

Earl was born in San Francisco, graduated from El Cerrito High School and attended UC Davis prior to serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Heavy Helicopter Aviation Squadron 461 as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief. His Squadron was a part of Project Mercury and was a unique Marine Corps team, the primary rescue unit of the Project Mercury Recovery Force. They rescued the first animal and manned flights into space including Sam the monkey, Cmdr Allen B. Sheppard Jr., Captain Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, and Lt Col John Glenn Jr.
Earl was a proud member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local No. 8 for more than 50 years and had not yet retired. He was an extremely talented Elevator Adjuster who shared his knowledge with anyone willing to learn.
Earl was an avid machinist, enjoyed boating on Clearlake and gardening. He and his wife Marilyn celebrated 50 years of marriage on Nov. 11, 2012. Their home has been a welcome gathering place for family, friends and neighbors for over 40 years.
In his quiet and generous way, Earl gave everything to his Family, his Country and his Union. He enjoyed his grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as PaPa.
Earl is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, devoted son Eric (Sandy) and grandchildren Courtney and Cole of Pleasant Hill, and son Kevin of Soledad, and mother-in-law Margaret Majuri. He is also survived by his siblings Suzie Lowe, Kathy Neel, Larry McClaskey and countless family and friends that loved him dearly.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Friday, August 1st from 5-9:00p.m. at Hull's Chapel in Walnut Creek and a funeral service on Saturday, August 2nd at 10:00a.m. at Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following: Foundation 21, Rotary International/Rotoplast, Mission Soledad.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 29, 2014
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