A decorated veteran of the Vietnam war, Earl VonDe Upton, 73, entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at his home in Rogue River, Ore., after suffering from cancer for several years.
The son of Johnnie Dale and Myrtle Arlene (Pemberton) Upton, Earl was born in Oroville, Calif. on March 26, 1945.
He was raised in Catheys Valley, where he graduated from grammar school. He graduated from Oakdale Joint Union High School in Stanislaus County on June 7, 1963, and joined the U.S. Navy in September 1967. He served in the H&S CO, 1st. Medical Battalion, 1st. Marine Division, and received the Combat Action Ribbon, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Palm prior to his honorable discharge in August 1969.
On July 3, 1993, Earl married his sweetheart, Carolyn Sasha Weaver, in Shore Acres, Ore., and for a number of years they lived in Crescent City, Calif. They both worked for the California Department of Corrections at Pelican Bay State Prison, from which Earl retired as a lieutenant at the end of 2001.
Earl is survived by his wife, Sasha; daughters Amy Waysack, Mara Upton and Mercy Ranger; sons Stephen Honor (Cindy) Nash, Marcus Nathan Nash; granddaughters Megan, Cydney, Lindcy and Olivia; grandsons Brandon, Stephen and Ray; sister Shirley (Weldon) Offill of Tracy, Calif.; and brothers William A. (Gilda) Green, Lemuel B. (Alma) Green, both of Catheys Valley, and Johnnie D. (Eva Marie) Upton of Livingston, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Earl was preceded in death by his daughter, Christian Summer; his parents, John and Arlene of Catheys Valley; two sisters, Leona Torres of Niangua, Mo. and Jean Akers of Mariposa; and brothers Robert Green and Jerry and Garry Thatcher, all of Catheys Valley.
A military service will be held at the Eagle Point Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point, Ore. at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. He will be buried at that location.