Earl “Fred” Turner, 84, of Gilbert, formerly Apache Junction, AZ passed away July 26, 2019 in Gilbert, AZ. He is survived by his daughters Linda Joyce Mackie and Staci Lynn Ross (Jason) son Tray Earl Turner; sisters Ellee Methvin and Joyce Johnson. Grandchildren Kristin Prather, Bryan Schwitters, Parker Turner, Joey Langley, Justice Ross, Wyatt Earl Turner and Colton Ross; great-grandchildren Kylie Prather, Keaton Prather, Karli Arnold and Kannon Arnold. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet Rouse Turner, his parents Earl & Dolly Turner, his sister Marilyn Turner Brown and grandson Jacob Earl Ross.
Born in Richey Montana he was the youngest child and only son of Earl and Olephina (Olson) Turner. He was adored and pampered on by his 3 older sisters. Fred’s family soon moved to Arizona, where he would spend his life following his service in the United States Air Force. After being discharged from the military, Fred met and married Janet Linda Rouse in Apache Junction, AZ and gained his daughter Linda from their union. Fred and Janet went on to have twins, Staci and Tray. He soon started working for Mesa Public Schools where he retired after 25 years of service. Fred worked hard, but played even harder.
For many years, Fred and Janet hosted Luau’s and he was always up dancing and having a great time. He was truly the life of every party. Fred enjoyed spending time with his siblings and their families. Camping, fishing and reunions, Fred always managed to be there. This has led to a lifetime of memories for his children as well as strong bonds formed with extended family. Fred also enjoyed sports, especially baseball, where his favorite team was the Arizona Diamondbacks. His best days were spent at a baseball game coaching his kids. His laughter was contagious, his smile beautiful and he will be so incredibly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Drew Houseal as well as Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery for your help and understanding during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Arizona Patriot Guard Riders or mail to: PO Box #41574 Phoenix, AZ 85080.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ (480-832-2850)