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Edward Vernon Stephens

1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Edward Vernon Stephens Obituary
EDWARD VERNON STEPHENS 7/9/1932 - 1/22/2015 When Vern was in the hospital recently a nurse told him she could tell he was an ornery one. He responded, "I'm not ornery. I'm Irish." That quick wit defined Vern. Even as his mind and body began to fail him he never lost his sense of humor. He also never lost his caring concern for others. In his final days when his caretakers came in during the night to care for him he would say, "Don't worry so much about me. You need to get some rest." Vern was born in National City, just south of San Diego. He was known for his fire engine red hair and mischievous ways. His own father died when Vern was quite young, so he and his older brother were raised by his mother with the help of his beloved grandmother and aunt and uncle. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1950 and went off to play basketball at Pomona College. When his mother died the next year, he returned to San Diego to take care of his grandmother. During that time he attended San Diego State College (now SDSU). He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Oklahoma. As a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, he spent many happy years mapping areas of Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside, CA. He loved the outdoors, walking and looking at rocks. He eventually settled back in his home state of California, where he raised his family in Los Angeles (1969 - 1971), San Jose (1971 - 1983) and Riverside (1983 - 2015). When the kids were young, the family would take long road trips. Vern drove the station wagon all over the United States. After retirement he and his wife continued to travel the world. His favorite trip was to his beloved Ireland. Vern loved his family, his dogs, chocolate, basketball, car races, reading, watching sports on tv, and drinking the Guinness. Husband of forty eight years to Nancy; Dad to Beth (Carmen) Brown and Pat (Karen) Stephens; Grandpa to Emily, Sean, and Becca Stephens and Kelvin Brown. We will celebrate Vern's life with a St. Patrick's Day party in March. Failte go Neamh, Dad.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2015
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