Richard "Rick" Robert Earl
Date of birth: July 7 1948
Date of death: July 31 2019
Our beloved husband, dad and friend Rick Earl has gone to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 31st, 2019. He was surrounded by the love of all of his girls by his bedside, after a long battle with his health.
Rick was raised in SE Portland by his mother Nadine “Billie” Earl. Rick had two brothers, Ron Earl (now deceased) and Terry Earl of Tucson, Arizona. Being the eldest of his two brothers, he spent much of his teenage years helping to raise them as his mom was often busy running her own business. One of Rick’s favorite past times was telling the many stories about growing up with the brothers he loved so dearly. Rick’s passion in life was basketball. Word is he walked, ate and slept basketball, dribbling his basketball to and from school each day. Rick attended Marshall high school where he earned honors in basketball; First Team All PIL, second leading scorer in the PIL, third leading scorer in the state of Oregon, and Oregon Honorable Mention.
After graduating from high school, Rick received a full-ride basketball scholarship to the University of Portland. During his college basketball career, he experienced four different head coaches in the four years he attended. This may have been where Rick learned the good, the bad and the ugly of coaching, sparking an interest that carried him into his own personal journey of becoming a well-rounded coach. His college basketball achievements consist of Most Inspirational Player (1970), Top 20 for free throw percentage (.750), highest scoring game as a freshman (34 points), and highest scoring game as Varsity player (23 points against 7th ranked Santa Clara).
While at the University of Portland, Rick gained friendships with people he remained close with throughout his life; Jim Frank of Mill City, Oregon, Mike Wright of Sacramento, California, and Mike Noonan of Portland, Oregon. He also met his mentor Father Pru who guided Rick through his college education and built up the character he already possessed. Rick graduated as an English major and pursued teaching high school English. According to Rick himself, too many of the highschool girls followed him to his car at the end of the school day and he soon realized he could get into trouble if he remained in this career as a young twenty-something year old.
Taking another career path, Rick began working as a manager at Garrett Freightline where he met another lifelong friend, Arnie Momb of Clackamas, Oregon. Rick and Arnie had many fun times out on the dance floor around town. Rick would always say his beautiful daughters got their rhythm and moves from him. The two of them would head to the nearby Slabtown on their lunch breaks where they happened upon (in the words of Rick himself) “a long-legged brunette bombshell” waiting tables, who at first wouldn’t give him the time of day. But Rick’s charm and sense of humor couldn’t keep Margaret Allen away for long. Rick followed Margaret down to California where she was based during her years as a flight attendant.
Margaret Allen became Margaret Earl in May of 1975, married by Pastor Charlie Brown at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in SW Portland. With guidance from his father-in-law, Chester Allen, Rick began his construction company, Rick Earl and Associates which later changed to Rick Earl Construction Company. This became his life-long career that paid the bills, but he later discovered that his true passion is coaching.
Before starting a family, Rick continued to play basketball at open gyms throughout the Portland area until he ventured into a new sport, due to his convincing brother-in-law, Jim Allen of Sherwood, Oregon. This began his desire to learn the game of European football, also known as soccer, where he played as a brut defender on the infamous Acropolis soccer club. He soon developed a love for the game and formed more life-long friends, Mick Hoban, Rick Hobson, and Pat Buckley, all of Portland, Oregon.
Rick’s coaching career began at Franklin high school coaching men’s basketball, where he met another life-long friend, Rick Rier of Portland, Oregon. During this time he began a family with his wife, daughters Mariesa (1980) of North Hills, California and Erica (1984) of Beaverton, Oregon. After years of being away from the family coaching at Franklin, his wife gave Rick an ultimatum that if he wanted to continue coaching, he would have to coach his daughters.
In the early 90’s, he soon gave up high school coaching to begin youth soccer and basketball programs at Smith Elementary and Jackson Middle School. He also welcomed his third daughter Alexandria (1990) of Boulder, Colorado. This began the decades of coaching and mentorship of many young female athletes. Rick would read books and study videos of both soccer and basketball, to ensure that his players benefited from each practice and game opportunity. He not only taught the game, but built the character of his athletes, and made them laugh a few times along the way. He touched the lives of many throughout his years coaching youth programs.
When an opportunity arose to coach at the high school where his daughters attended/would attend, he jumped at the chance. This was his time to get back into the competitive world of sports in which he began his coaching career. His first year as head women’s basketball coach for Wilson High School was also his eldest daughter’s senior year. His daughters couldn’t stay away from coach dad for long. He continued to coach at Wilson for the next six years, which included coaching his second daughter’s high school basketball career. Wilson went on to be PIL champs for consecutive years.
From Wilson, Rick moved to LaSalle High School taking the head coaching job for the women’s program. After his stint at LaSalle, Rick was called back to coaching youth again for the All In One (AIO) basketball club with David Lucas of Portland, Oregon. Rick ended his coaching career with the Cleveland youth basketball program coaching middle school boys. There is where he had the pleasure of coaching the same group of boys for three years, once again developing not only the athlete but the character within his players.
Rick had the smile that lit up a room. He made hard times easier by finding the positives in situations. His witty personality, puns and play on words carried him through the tough stuff in life. The fondest memories of those he played with and coached was his great sense of humor. Throughout the years, he was known for his punchlines and antics. Standing around on the soccer field would get you a “You watching grass grow?” If you got beat as a defender, it’s “You’re a day late and a buck short”. Being a spectator while on the basketball court will get you a “You waiting for a bus?” When you stand in his way you’ll “make a better door than a window”. Don’t make a decision without him, or it was “Who’s we? You got a mouse in your pocket?” And asking him where he’s going would get you a “to the moon, wanna go with me?”
Rick was a man of God, never missing church on Sunday with his family (unless one of his teams had an occasional weekend soccer or basketball tournament). He instilled Christ-like family values and prayer into his family’s lives. He enjoyed leading high schoolers to Christ on the Mexico Mission Trips, while simultaneously using his construction skills to build homes for families in need. Over the last few years, Rick looked forward to his Tuesday bible studies with his small men’s group. It was there that he solidified his spiritual purpose, growing closer to God and finding ultimate peace. This spiritual journey helped him battle his health challenges, building endurance, character and hope in Salvation that filled his heart with love (Romans 5: 3-5). We know that Rick is looking down on us, in his heavenly body, no longer in pain. We love you daddy, husband, uncle, brother, friend and coach.
15 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Alexandria Earl Thank you for being the best Dad a little girl could have. I love you more than anything in this world.
Candle lit by Emily Charbonneau Rick, I was lucky to have met you and had you for a soccer and basketball coach in elementary school. I always appreciated your humor and tried to avoid running like I had "a bag of cement on my back." I am sending good thoughts to your family. Bye Coach, see you later.
Candle lit by Danae Love you so much Uncle Ricky!
Candle lit by Brother-in-Law Jim I'm going to miss our weekly Bible Studies that we had off and on for over 30 years; the funny stories you shared at our family gatherings; the Promise Keeper Conferences we attended and the soccer that we enjoyed both on and off the field. The Lord blessed me with the best brother-in-law and best friend a guy could have. I love you Rick and look forward to the day when we can have a laugh together again. Jim
Candle lit by Jan Peck Rest in Peace Dear Friend. You will be missed. Much Sympathy, many Thoughts/Memories, and Prayers for your Family.
Candle lit by Bri Rafish You always looked out for me, called me out, and treated me like family when I came around. Your humor and Dad talks I will never forget. I wasn’t a daughter to you and you still would give me talks and ideas or suggestions especially when I became a mother. ( thank you!) I know you are looking down on your amazing girls, and they will always have you with them. I pray for their healing. And I promise to be a good friend to your baby forever and ever and keep you alive in every conversation. Rest In Peace ❤️
Candle lit by Sham Miss you ❤️
Candle lit by Erica Jackson Daddy, I will miss you so much, your sentiment, your humor, most importantly, your love. Thank you for every lesson you taught and for always being there for your family. I’m at peace with knowing you’re no longer in pain. We will reunite one day. Love you so much.
Candle lit by Precious Lott-Shamarra’s Sister Heaven couldn’t wait for you to get there ❤️ Now you can rest
Candle lit by Arnie Momb You were a brother to me Rick, we can catch up later for I sill see you again. Love you bud. Rest in Peace.4
Candle lit by Lindy nicola I was very sad to find out that Rick had passed away. I have prayed for his family. I feel so fortunate that Rick was such a wonderful part of two of my daughters’ lives while he coached them in soccer during middle school. I was very ill once and Rick visited me in the hospital. His visit really helped me spiritually. He was a great man
Candle lit by Ray family Never met Mr. Earl but our dear friend from Alliance Ohio spoke so highly of him and his family. We were praying for him and continue to pray for his family. God bless you in this time. He reigns!!
Candle lit by Gary and Kris Hunt We are saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. Sending our heart felt condolences to the family.
Candle lit by Chief Joseph Elementary Family