Earl Stanford Roberts, 81, passed away in Reno, Nev. after a short and unexpected illness on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
He was born in Oroville, Calif. on May 6, 1930 to Carlyle Conrad and Doris Rosalie (McNabb) Roberts. His family was among the early California pioneers, starting with the Stanfords, who settled in Shasta County from Butler County, Mo. in 1857. His grandfather Benjamin Franklin Roberts came to Shasta County from Mechanicsville, Penn.around 1871.
Earl started school at Big Bend and then went to Paradise starting in the second grade. It was then that he met his life long friend, Bill Brill, who was at his side when he passed away. At the age of nine, he met Hugh Jared, another life long friend who died in 1997. The boys spent countless hours together in the woods and were Boy Scouts in Troop 18. Earl reached the rank of Eagle Scout in 1948.
Earl started his career with the California Division of Forestry, Department of Natural Resources as a seasonal firefighter in 1947.
In December 1950, Earl, Hugh and Bill enlisted in the Navy and took Basic Training in San Diego, Calif. He and Hugh were assigned to the Seabee’s Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 8, “Highball the 8 Ball”. Earl served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Port Lyautey, French Morroco, Fort St. John, Newfoundland and was discharged in September 1954 at Quonset Point, R. I., Rank Chief Electrician.
His career with CDF continued after discharge. In 1959, he was chosen from among the top employees for a special assignment at Squaw Valley, Calif., providing fire protection for the 1960 Olympics, Olympic Village. He worked throughout northern California in various positions. In 1965, he came to Modoc County and served 19 years as Forest Ranger 1 in the Lassen/Modoc Ranger Unit. Earl retired after 35 years in 1984.
All his life, he was an outdoorsman and, after his retirement, enjoyed 27 years of hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and woodcutting. He came home from his last deer hunt on Sept. 28, 2011.
Earl was very active in many local organizations but the one that meant the most to him was the Order of the Antelope. He joined in 1968 and went to many treks at the Blue Sky Hotel and later at the Deer Creek Inn. He was also a member of :Alturas Rural Fire Department – President, Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club, Modoc County Sheriff’s Posse – Past Captain, Modoc County Fish and Game Commission, Modoc County Tribe Ride – Security 1985-2010, CSEA Chapter II – President and lifetime member of the NRA.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carlyle and Doris Roberts; brother George; brother and sister-in-law Lewis and Jenny Lee Roberts; sister Helen.
Earl is survived by his wife June, of 53 years; son Mark of Murrieto, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law Jan and Larry Hendrick of Nampa, Idaho and Susan and Dennis Reed of Likely, Calif.; daughter Mary Roberts of Likely, Calif.;sister and brother-in-law Jean and Lee Sheldon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ken and Alice Hodges, Lloyd and Olivia Yarbrough and Robert and Marti Yarbrough; brother-in-law Jim Yarbrough; sisters-in-law Pat Hodges and Faith Roberts; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and Ken Minard; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering was held Friday, Nov. 4, 20ll at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Alturas, Calif.
Those who wish to may donate in his memory to the Order of the Antelope Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 613, Lakeview 97630.