Edwin J. Hudgins


(Nov. 5, 2005)

Edwin Hudgins died Nov. 5, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Irvine, Calif., from cancer of the pancreas. He was 76.

He was born and raised in Deaver, the youngest son of Rankin and Myrtle Hudgins, homesteaders on the Deaver Project. He was educated in the Deaver schools. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18 during World War II and was sent to Germany, where he was promoted from Private First Class to Corporal. He was honorably discharged and came back home to help his mother on the farm.

He moved to California and, through the G.I. Bill, was educated as a jet mechanic. He worked for Trans World Airlines for 26 years in Los Angeles.

He married, and had two sons, Michael and Dennis. He was affiliated with the Masons. He will be remembered as a fun and loving friend and brother.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Al (Buster) Hudgins; and one son, Michael.

Survivors include his wife, Grace of Irvine, Calif.; one sister, Dorothy Shinn of Powell; one brother, Everett Hudgins of Woodland Hills, Calif.; one son, Dennis Hudgins of Norwalk, Calif.; and two grandsons, Michael and Trevor of Norwalk, Calif.

Services were in the chapel of Fairhaven Memorial Park at Santa Ana, Calif., with Dr. Paul Ystebo officiating. Dorothy Shinn offered the eulogy. Burial followed at Fairhaven Cemetery, where the U.S. Army honor guard presented the widow with a U.S. flag at the graveside. A reception followed at the Irvine Country Club.