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Earl Delbert Green

January 27, 1914 - December 04, 2012

In Loving Memory


Earl D. Green
1914 – 2012

Earl Delbert Green, a man of remarkable generosity, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at age 98. He was born January 27, 1914, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Edward and Lillian Bertha Gratias Green. The family moved to Fargo, ND when Earl was a small child and lived also in many small towns in Montana and Idaho before settling permanently in Spokane, WA.

Earl attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago as a young man, before working for seven years (1935-1942) in electrical installation and maintenance at Coulee Dam. He was naturalized an American citizen in 1941 and joined the Navy in 1942, serving as an electrician’s mate and playing the horn in small bands. He married in 1944 and in 1946 moved his family to Seattle, where he lived for the remainder of his life. After WWII he worked in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska, wiring facilities for the Navy and Coast Guard. Returning to Seattle he helped do the wiring for the original Northgate project. As a foreman for Seattle City Light, he built and maintained many of the substations in the north end of the city. He retired in 1984 at age 70 as the city’s senior electrical foreman, after 34 years of service. “I have always enjoyed electrical work,” he said.

After caddying for several years, Earl played semi-pro golf in Spokane as a young man. As an older man he was an ace bowler, a star in the senior leagues. He enjoyed boating and owned a small cruiser for a time. He spent many years restoring his red 1942 Studebaker Champion, the family’s first car. Always fond of music, he played the cornet, the horn, and the accordion. The Navy offered to send him to their bandleader school for professional training, an offer he passed up in favor of a less transient lifestyle. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Earl and his first wife of thirty years, Laura Belle Larkin Green, had five children: Carolyn (Mrs. Earl) Owen of Provo, UT; Ken (Becky) Green of Camas, WA; Cheryl (Mrs. Daniel) Beers of Salmon, ID; Stan (Kathy) Green of Seattle; and Mark (Darla) Green of Carlsbad, CA. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and his brother Glen Green of Spokane, WA, and sister Sylvia Green (Mrs. Charles) Garner of Malvern, PA, both nonegenarians.

He has four step-children from his second marriage, to Edith Carolyn Read Green: Duane (Linda) Criddle of Boise, ID; Vesta Criddle of Seattle; Debbie (Mrs. Gordon) McLaughlin of Colorado Springs, CO; and Mary Criddle of Seattle.

He was preceded in death by his first wife (died 1974), his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

The family would like to thank Earl’s son Stan for his steady, careful service to our father and stepmother during the many years they have required assisted living.

Messages may be sent to the family through Earl’s obituary at www.washelli.com.

Funeral Information

Friends may greet family members from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, at the LDS North Seattle Stake Center, 5701 – 8th Ave NE, in Seattle. Funeral services will follow from 11-12 a.m. at the same location. Burial will be immediately afterward at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave N in Seattle.