Earl E. Van Valkenburgh

Earl E. “Ed” Van Valkenburgh passed away suddenly at his Ridgecrest home Feb. 20, 2019.

He was born March 1, 1936, to Edward Earl Van Valkenburgh and Margaret McGuire Van Valkenburgh of Long Beach.

Mr. Valkenburgh graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington. After graduation he joined the California National Guard, then enlisted in the Army where he became a paratrooper.

In 1965 he became a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1989 with the rank of Sgt. During his service in the OCSD, he graduated from Orange Coast College and Pepperdine University.

After retirement he and Fran moved to Virginia, where he served for 10 years as a Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2005 they returned to California and settled in Ridgecrest.

He is survived by his spouse of 43 years, Fran; brother, Gerald Van Valkenburgh of Inyokern; sister-in-law, Garmette, (widow), of Lincoln; children, Karla Quinlan (David) of Santa Ana, Gregg Fairchild (Rena) of Foothill Ranch, Edward Van Valkenburgh of Westminster, Glenn Fairchild (Tammy) of Nipomo, Steven Van Valkenburgh (Laurie) of Maryland and Joseph Fairchild (Janene) of Anaheim Hills; 12 grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Van Valkenburgh, and two children, Daniel Mayo and Julie Fairchild.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Maturango Museum/ Student Anthropology Program or AOCDS.org/donations.

Services will be at a later date in Orange County.

— Submitted by the family of Ed Van Valkenburgh

Story First Published: 2019-03-15