Earl Howard Sr., a longtime resident of the Valley area, passed away on Oct. 22, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 73. Earl was born on March 19, 1940 in Mouise, Kentucky, the son of Wilse and Syntha (Scotchfield) Howard. Earl lived with his family in Indiana where he attended school and completed the eighth grade. At the age of 16, he began a new journey in life when he decided to hitchhike to Washington and arrived and settled in the Spokane area. He was employed at Zincraft Well Drilling in Spokane and in 1972 he started his own business--Howard’s Well Drilling. In 1977 he moved from Spokane to Valley. Earl was very honest in his business dealings and provided water for many people in his 25 years of drilling. Due to health issues, he retired at the age of 57. In 2006 he moved to Deer Park, where he lived the remainder of his life. Earl’s family was very dear to him. Throughout the years, he took time enjoying the outdoors with them, taking them camping and fishing. Earl would never pass up an opportunity to go snowmobiling or dirt bike riding. He was always the life of the party as he lit up the whole room with his big smile. He loved cooking, eating, canning, working in his garden, making homemade sausage with his good friend, Terry Burkhart, and most of all, spending time with his good friend, Marylou Jones. Thank you for taking such good care of Dad--you kept him going for all those years (23), you’re awesome and we love you! Earl will be greatly missed by the family and friends for whom he cared deeply. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dexter Howard and James Howard, and by one sister, Dorothy Childers. Earl is survived by his daughters, Shaun Mitchell and husband Leon of Colville; Carlee Howard of Spokane; son, Earl Howard Jr. of Valley; god son, David Hayward Jr. of Iowa; grandchildren, Devin Mitchell, Karisa Mitchell, Earl Howard III, and Dominick Whitehill; brother, William Howard “Pigeon” of IN; sister-in-law, Betty Howard; brother-in –aw, Paul Childers; numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Earl was held on Oct. 27 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067, Deer Park. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.