Earl Nicholas FORSMAN
1936 - 2020
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FORSMAN, Earl Nicholas


Our beloved Earl Forsman passed away peacefully on July 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm. He was born in Keuterville, Idaho October 27, 1936, to Henry and Angela (Hilbert) Forsman.

He learned home-building at age 12 by helping his father construct their family home on Myrtle street in Spokane, Washington. Later he would construct his own family home on Deno Road in 1974.

On September 15, 1962 he married his sweetheart Janet Dostert at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Spokane, Washington.

During his college years Earl served in the United States Army Reserve. He was an expert marksman who participated in the Gonzaga University rifle team.

Earl graduated from Gonzaga University in 1963, summa cum laude in Physics. He proceeded to earn his PhD in Physics from the University of Washington in Seattle from 1964-1970. During his graduate studies Earl climbed Mount Si, Garfield Mountain, Mount Pilchuck, Mount Erie, Monte Cristo Peak, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Shuksan, Boston Peak, Mount Rainier (twice), Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams. He kept an original Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) catalog from the early 1960s when they sold lederhosen along with mountaineering supplies.

Earl and his family moved to Spokane to begin his career as a physics and astronomy professor at Eastern Washington University in 1970. He is remembered by many for his public planetarium lectures and private stargazing parties.

From an early age Earl was an avid woodsman, hunter, fisher and gardener. Name any river in the Northwest and Earl fished it. He harvested firewood, hunted wild game, picked huckleberries, collected edible mushrooms and speared frogs. Earl and his family enjoyed a cabin at Priest Lake for 30 years. Earl belonged to the scientific honor society Sigma Xi, the Wednesday Night Toastmaster's Club and Mutual Investors Club of Cheney, Washington, and St. Peter Catholic Church of Spokane, Washington.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bill Forsman. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet (Dostert) Forsman; his four children, Kristi (Rex) Ross, Matthew Forsman, Nicholas Forsman and Ruby Siegel; his three grandsons Trevor (wife Betty) Forsman, Jacob Siegel and Calvin Ross; and his great-granddaughter Kylynn Forsman. He is also survived by his siblings Dorothy Hutchisson (Dave), Pete Forsman, Helen Wardian, Charlie Forsman (Teresa), and Theresa Forsman (Joe).

The family extends their deep gratitude to Cancer Care Northwest and Hospice of Spokane for their expert and loving care of Earl.

The viewing and graveside service (by invitation only due to COVID restrictions) will be coordinated through Heritage Funeral Home and Greenwood Cemetery.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Jul. 19 to Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
We will miss you Earl. Watch over your family and continue watching your great granddaughter. So long.
Betty Forsman
July 25, 2020
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July 22, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Linda Dixon
July 22, 2020
Dear family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Foreman taught physics while I was at Eastern getting my physics degree. I always enjoyed visiting with him and his wife in the few physics department get-togethers that took place the last few years. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you heal from this.
Berenice Emehiser
July 22, 2020
Earl Forsman is the reason I am a physics teacher. I was in a first-year physics course from Earl starting in Fall Quarter, 1980. By the end of the year I had decided to major in physics, and Earl became my advisor. While at Eastern I think I took seven physics courses from him. After graduating from Eastern I went to graduate school, thinking I would always have instructors as good as those I had had at Eastern, but I never did.
During our senior year we had a "physics club" of sorts that met at Bill's Tavern in Cheney. The students would buy the popcorn and peanuts, and the professors would buy the beer. Those were very good times.
Earl and Janet hosted the physics picnic at their home, and they also hosted a graduation party for the class of 1983. I'll never forget him, and I very much appreciate the huge positive influence he had on my life.
Jim Hamm
July 20, 2020
Jan, what a wonderful journey you got to experience, especially the last few years that you thought might never happen. So sorry for your loss, but we take comfort knowing that you'll be together again.
Pat & Ellen Presley
July 20, 2020
Dear Janet and Family,
We Sisters of the Holy Names are remembering Earl and all his family with our prayers at this time. May he be close to you all each day.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
July 19, 2020
Jan, Our condolences. It has been a long time since we were together.
Loss is hard. I hope to see you soon. Lynn, Diane, Linda, and Richard
Lynn Fackenthall Stimson (Wells)
July 19, 2020
Dear Jan, Im so sorry. It is a depth of loss that no one can comprehend until they experience it first hand. I pray that GOD wraps his arms around you and holds you close.
Love, Steph
Stephanie Forsman
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