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Earl L. Sherman

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Earl L. Sherman Obituary
October 26, 1922 - July 3, 2016 Earl Leonard Sherman passed away of heart failure at the age of 93. He was born in Chicago, moved to California in 1946 and lived in West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and finally in Encino. Earl led a full and happy life. He was a loving and devoted husband to Jody Pearl Sherman for 49 years and 9 months; father to his children Harvey, Douglas, Marla, John & Steve of Blessed memory; grandfather to Danielle, Genna, Katrina, Matan and Ariella, and survived by his brother Howard. Earl graduated with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering at the age of 19. He excelled in academics, and was also a champion golfer and the captain of the tennis team and chess club. He was in the Air Force during World War II, working on the engines for the first jets. After the war, he worked for Hughes Aircraft, helping to design and build the Spruce Goose. He founded Crown Construction Company, where he built over 250 schools, high and low rise apartments (including The Crown Towers on Wilshire Boulevard), Empire West, Doheny Plaza, commercial and office buildings, Tehachapi jail, the March Air Force Base Hospital, and housing tracts in Lancaster and Palmdale. Earl was honored by the Building Industry Association and by Governor Edmund Brown. He served as a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 1964, and was invited to Lyndon B. Johnson's Inaugural Ball in 1965. In 1966 He met and married his devoted, loving wife, Jody. He encouraged her to develop properties of her own and together they developed The Oakhurst Terrace in Beverly Hills, numerous individual homes, and the prestigious Wilshire House on Wilshire Boulevard. After retiring from real estate development, in 1991, Earl and Jody Sherman started a Home Care Agency known as AAA T.L.C. Health Care, Inc., one of the most respected Home Care Agency & Registry with more than 4,000 Nurses and Caregivers. Caring for the ill and elderly was important to them. He not only took pride in his business, but both he and Jody were quite philanthropic in providing care to those who couldn't afford it. No one who worked for him ever thought of him as just their boss, but rather as their benevolent father. He was a caring and concerned man, who listened to their problems with tremendous empathy. He would then use his wisdom to help them make the right decisions for their lives. Earl never judged people harshly and was always ready to lend them a helping hand. He treated his employees like family and they cared for him deeply. Earl also had a passion for his pets, and had 18 German Shepherds plus three smaller dogs over his lifetime. When the children were growing up, he also had cats, birds, and tropical fish, not to mention hamsters, iguanas and rabbits. He loved nature, his avocado and fruit trees, and most of all his fantastic back yard that reminded him of a golf course. He loved boating & cruising, and was a member of the Del Rey Yacht Club. Consistent with his generous and philanthropic nature, he was a Mason & Shriner for many years. One of Earl's most lovable features was his dry sense of humor. He would always tease his wife Jody with a stern "No" to many of the things she wanted to do. He knew she would do them anyway. When Jody would buy him gifts to brighten his life, including a new yacht that provided more comfortable access for him, he still said "No". He would later admit that he really liked them and thank her, telling her "that was great". Earl Sherman was a good man, who loved deeply and will be missed by all who knew him. His funeral service was held July 6, 2016 at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park & Mortuaries. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to one of the charities of his choice: Cedars-Sinai Heart Research Fund, Tower Cancer Research Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, or the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 10 to July 12, 2016
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