Earl at work. The photo on the right with his wife Shirlee (right) and sister Mary Ann. The photo on the left courtesy of Shirlee Ritchie and the one on the right is from Joyce (Sowell) Waite.
The Alaskan quake in 1960 created havoc in Morro Bay. Earl was trying to replace some floats under a pier when the hoist broke and the pier fell on him. This tragic accident ended his life. He was a diver for many years but then began albacore fishing when the otters cleaned out all the abalone.