Earl Page, of Barstow, CA, formerly of Illinois, Iowa and Arizona, passed away on May 23, 2008 at the Veterans Home of California, Barstow.
Mr. Page was born September 13th, 1921, in Benton, Illinois, to Charity (Payne) Page and Logan Fred Page. He grew up in Dixon, Illinois, and graduated from Dixon High School in 1939.
He landed in France during WWII on July 4th, 1944 at 4:00 a.m. with the first operative fighter group that went across France supporting Patton’s tanks eight days after D-Day. He attended both the University of Illinois and Iowa State Teachers’ College on the GI Bill after WWII, and he played varsity football at both schools. Mr. Page also barnstormed the Middle West with athlete friends during summer vacations, playing baseball in communities that would pay their expenses.
Mr. Page married Phyllis (Peat) Page of Lanark, Illinois (and now Estes Park), on April 3rd, 1947, and he had a long teaching career in Iowa public high schools–Grundy Center, Decorah and then Bettendorf High School for most of the total 36 years. Mr. Page taught science and drivers’ education (receiving a Masters Degree in Safety Education from Arizona State University) and coached football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. He retired to Arizona and then traveled the United States in an RV until health issues landed him in California.
Survivors include three children; daughters Karen Page Crislip (Dr. George) and Paula Peat Page Martin (Brent) both of Estes Park, CO, and son Evan Martin Page of Woodbridge, VA. Mr. Page left seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, including Avery Allen Buser of Estes Park.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Page was preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Irene Brauer (Fred), son Michael Dean Page, second wife Marcia Palmer Page and companion Annette B. Zile.
Interment will be in Dixon, Illinois, at a later date with the Trident Society of California in charge of arrangements.