2017-07-06 / Obituaries

Horace Eads, Jr.

Horace (Ace) Mayfield Eads, Jr. was born on May 7, 1928 in Dallas, Texas, to parents Horace Mayfield Eads, Sr. and Ruth Alford Eads. His parents, Ace, and his two brothers moved to Los Angeles where they settled in the early 1930s.

Ace and his brothers graduated from John Marshall High School (Ace in 1947) where Ace excelled in athletics. Ace was the captain of the track team and won many honors in his lifetime, such as the May 1948 NJCAA Championship.

He was an official in the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley. His memorabilia shows he was a gatekeeper there. For many years he was on ski patrol at Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park. He taught his three children how to snow and water ski. In fact, he skied on one ski from Long Beach to Catalina Island.

Time spent with his family and close friends always came first over golf and all outdoor sports. Mammoth Lakes and Bass Lake were his “hangouts.”

In 1950 he began an exciting and successful career as a photographer for Hollywood stars, then working with Catholic schools that led to various photographic studios. As a school photographer at Thompson Studios in Glendale, Calif., he became onefourth owner of that company, where he semi-retired in 1979.

He carried on filming Bible camps in the Sierra and local camps. He took Mariposa County High School senior class pictures from 1982 until the early 2000s.

Ace passed away on June 28, 2017, with his wife Joyce M. Alvernaz Eads at his side, at the John C. Fremont Hospital Ewing Wing in Mariposa. He suffered for several years with Parkinson’s disease and was lovingly cared for there.

Ace leaves one brother, Robert (Anne) of Granada Hills, Calif.; two daughters, Carol Eads of Kalispell, Mont. and Arlene (Paul) Barnes of Prescott, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as Joyce’s children, Marc (Darlene) Hufford, Bryan (Marilyn) Hufford, and Valerie Lynne, and Joyce’s many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Aside from Ace’s fondness for country music, he also loved “A Many Splendored Thing” and Hawaiian music.

Ace was very sociable and loved those he met and always loved his productive life. No memorial is planned at this time. Joyce, his wife, can be reached at JCF Hospital, Ewing Wing, Extension 5717.

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