Earl Leon Maggard, 74, of Tappahannock, Virginia passed away July 28, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s disease in the loving comfort of his wife of 34 years, Suzi.
Earl was born in Escalon, California, March 26, 1945, to Earl Lewis Maggard and Edna Mae Cowart. He grew up in Parma, ID, attending Roswell Elementary School and Parma High School.
In 1962 he began a 22 year career in the US Navy, serving in the Blue Water Navy during the Vietnam War on the USS Vesuvius, AE15. Rising to the rank of Senior Chief, he served in various duty stations all over the world. He was particularly proud of being a plank owner and part of the commissioning crew of the USS Eisenhower, CVN 69. During the latter part of his career he helped many post Vietnam veterans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Upon retirement as Communications Officer, NAS Patuxent River, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Following retirement Earl moved to Idaho, where he adopted and trained wild horses. He was an advocate for the Idaho wild horse and worked closely with BLM.
Earl and Suzi purchased the Kuna Melba News, a weekly newspaper based in Kuna, Idaho in 1992. They published the paper until 2006.
Earl and Suzi moved to Tappahannock, Virginia in 2013 to be near family.
He is survived by his wife, Suzi; sons Robert (Jamie) of Kentucky, Dave (Melanie) of Flagstaff, AZ, Daniel of VA and Christopher of MD; stepsons, Hugh White of Pittsburgh, PA and James Davis of Boise, ID; 3 brothers, Larry of MO, Ric of Anchorage, AK and Greg of Parma, ID; granddaughters Heather (James) Durbin, Stephanie Maggard of GA, Daisy Mae of KY, grandson Bobby Earl of KY; stepmother Cathy Maggard of Branson, MO and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at the family farm over Labor Day weekend.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or the Blue Water Navy Association, 7065 W Ann Rd, Ste 130651, Las Vegas, NV 89130.