June 26, 1920 ~ January 20, 2007
Earl John Seagars
Earl John Seagars, 86, widower of Janet, loving companion of Evelyn, brother to Stella and Eunice, father of Dana, and grandfather to Chelsea and Brooke, passed away January 20, 2007 from complications of heart disease. Earl was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia June 26, 1920; his family moved to Redondo Beach in 1922. He was one of the first to surf Palos Verdes and to fly over the PV cliffs in a glider launched by stretched bungie. He flew 39 B-26 missions in the US Army Air Corps until he was shot down behind enemy lines over France. He remained in the Air Force Reserves for 23 years where he discovered and honed his natural ability to teach, retiring at Lt. Colonel. His pride in service was reflected in his role as President, reunion Coordinator, and editor for the 558th Bomb Squadron. Earl flew sailplanes, wrote weather articles for Soaring magazine, and served as President of the So. CA Soaring Association. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1946 and married Janet Helene Teagle in 1947, settling in Manhattan Beach. A 35 year career in insurance took him and his family to Spokane, Phoenix, and Pasadena, returning to Manhattan Beach in 1975. He returned to his sailing roots with 9 trans-Pacific races and 2 trans-Atlantic crossings. "Uncle Earl" drew from these experiences, teaching Marine Weather at Orange Coast College and USC for 22 yrs. Earl passed along life's lessons with compassion, the energy of a Tropical cyclone, and a thoroughness allowing him to proclaim "I haven't lost a student to bad weather yet!" A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 3, 2007, 6 PM, at St Cross Episcopal Church, Hermosa Beach, CA. Internment will be at sea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: OCC Youth-at-Risk Sailing Program or the 558th Bomb Squadron -- details are available via the family.
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