Stark, Earl Lee A South Bay native of 81 years, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2005 in Torrance. Born June 10, 1924 in Wilmington, California to Robert Leonard Stark and Helen Youngker Stark. Earl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Zella Kidman Stark; his sons, Kevan Lee (Dawn Martin) and Kyle Blaine (Lori Thompson); and nine grandchildren: Ashley, Krista, Christian, Jordan, Jeffrey, Logan, Kari, Preston and Liberty Stark. Earl loved and actively participated in various sports; served in Burma, India during WWII; employed for 46 years in the Aerospace industry by Rockwell International (33 years) and McDonald Douglas (13 years). He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served as a Bishop, High Counselor and various other positions. His life exemplified love and devotion for family, friends and all he encountered. Friends are welcome for visitation Monday, 6 - 8 P..M. at White & Day Mortuary located at 3215 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach and on Tuesday, 10 - 10:45 A.M. with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 501 N. Rowell Ave., Manhattan Beach. Interment will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 W. 182nd St., Redondo Beach.

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  1. Earl was a very special man who touched so many lives. We never saw him without a smile on his face. He was kind, considerate, genial,and a true Christian gentlemen. He will be missed by so many, but especially those in his family and extended families. Our heartfelt condolences go to his sweet wife Zella, his sons and their wives, and to all of his family. The expression, “He will truly be missed” is a very true one of this wonderful man.

  2. Dear Zella and the entire Stark Family, I was truly blessed and priveledged to have met and known Earl Stark as the father of my brother-in law, Kyle. Everytime I saw Earl he was smiling, happy and genuinely glad to see me. Didn’t this man ever get upset? I would suppose that Kevan and Kyle would be able to say “yes” to that as their father certainly raised them to become true gentlemen of integrity and character, just like Earl. Those qualities aren’t imparted without some guidance from their parents. And yes, I’m sure that Zella had at least something to do with how her boys turned out. Clearly, Earl’s two sons are a clear testament and legacy to the outstanding example Earl set for them. There are few people that I’ve met who I would characterize as a “saint”. Earl was truly one of those rare individuals. Just being near the man you could feel his love, stregnth and kindness. His service to his country along with all veterans allow all of us to live the lives of freedom that we now enjoy – and many take for granted. I don’t think that Earl took much of anything for granted. He loved his country, his family and his God. His acts and deeds demonstrated this. I am thankful that he lived a full, productive, and honorable life. I am priveledged to have known him and miss him greatly. I look forward to seeing him again and to shaking his hand. In the mean time my prayers are with Zella and all of the extended Stark family. JIm Thompson

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