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Earl Otto Schultz Jr (1950-2011)

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On the evening of May 1, 2011, while at home, Earl Otto Schultz Jr. passed away.
He was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on May 17, 1950, to Earl and Dorothy Schultz. As the third generation of his family in this valley, he grew up working on his father's farm. He attended Tulelake High School, lettering in multiple sports, and was awarded "Most Inspirational Athlete" for his efforts on the football field.
He attended Sacramento State College on a football scholarship, where he majored in biology. Compactly built at 210 pounds, he bench-pressed over twice his weight. Through his strength and prowess, he earned a starting position on the defensive line. While in college, he married Jane Cooper.
After graduation, despite being accepted to dental school with top admission scores, he chose instead to return to work with his father on the family farm. Following the passing of Earl Schultz Sr., he continued the legacy of his Great-Uncle Otto and his father. There, he took pride in feeding everyday people by raising quality potatoes, barley, and beets. When visiting grocery stores, even on vacation, he rarely found local produce that would meet his high standards. He was even sometimes given to educating the produce manager in the finer points of potato grading.
While managing the farm, he still found time for community service. He was highly involved in Tulelake High School sports by supporting the booster club and making numerous brief, but memorable, football coaching appearances. One of his greatest joys was to enrich young athletes with his unique perspective on and off the field.
In 2001, Earl was instrumental in assembling at pivotal meeting of community leaders with the intent of preserving water rights for local farms. To that end, he worked with other community leaders through such organizations as The Klamath Basin Business Committee and the Tulelake Growers Association. Those who worked with him appreciated his tireless efforts without expectation of recognition.
However, there was always time for playful pursuits. Not a diner in the valley was safe from his exploding coffee creamers or mayonnaise-laden placemat airplanes. Douglas Firs rued the Christmas season as Earl deforested small swaths of federal land to bring holiday cheer with an annual 40,000-watt Christmas float. On the sporting side, he was expert at the art of employing creamed corn and Velveeta cheese, much to the dismay of local fish and game personnel. Earl founded such questionable institutions as The Sucker Cup Boat Race, Winter Illegal Fireworks Festival and the aforementioned Christmas floats. He helped his friends celebrate life by scripting numerous 40th birthday parties featuring such characters as the Three-Legged Gunslinger, Blow-Up Ken Cowboy, and the talented Mr. Cow Tongue. Earl helped us all see the magic of laughter.
Earl Otto Schultz Jr. is survived by Jane Schultz and their son Brent Schultz, his sisters Barbara Davis, Joan Ogard and Mary Conway, cousin Tom Eastep, one nephew, four nieces and nine grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family would like to extend a warm invitation to all for a celebration of Earl's life to be held at the Malin Cemetery on Saturday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Published in Herald And News on May 6, 2011
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