Arlon Blaine "Duke" Earl
Arlon Blaine “Duke” Earl, 43, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, with family members at his side, after several years of fighting cancer.
Arlon was born June 4, 1965, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Stanley Jay and Vivian Jeanne (Stanger) Earl.
He graduated from Murtaugh High School in 1983. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and participated in many programs, including scouting.
He played semi-professional football in New Jersey. He went into the profession of laying hardwood floors through friends James and Pratt Matthews. His love was golfing, and he became an assistant golf pro at Boise Ranch Golf Course in Boise, where he became “Duke.”
He went to Rifle Creek Golf Course with Tad Holloway, gaining not only another golf family, but his own family when he married Karen Estes Spaulding, who had two children, Monika and Cody. He coached the Rifle High School boys and girls golf teams. They did well and had opportunities to go to state. He was named Coach of the Year in 2006.
He learned to love ice fishing, boating, playing with his family and Saturday night poker with his buddies.
Duke’s golf families each threw fundraisers and helped him as he faced bouts with cancer.
Arlon’s warm, fun, caring ways and his great bear hugs will be missed.
He is survived by his wife and stepchildren of Rifle; mother and stepfather Jeanne and Glen Spencer of Twin Falls; brothers Jay (Paula) Earl of Twin Falls, Dustin (Amber) Earl of Boise, Idaho, and Thom (Stephanie) Spencer of Forsythe, Mo.; sisters Janelle (Charles) Green of McMinnville, Ore., Tiffany (Jody) Dille of Nampa, Idaho, Tara (Chris) Robinson of Hagerman, Idaho, and Pamela (Cameron) McHan of Rupert; grandparents Bob and Vivian Bray of Yuma, Ariz., and Dorothy Spencer, of Wendell, Idaho; in-laws Jim and Shelia Estes; sister-in-law Angela (Mitch) Carter; grandfather-in-law Dale Trahern, all of Rifle; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his golf families.
Arlon was preceded in death by his father.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Alpine Bank, under the Arlon “Duke” Earl memorial account.
The funeral was held Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. in the LDS Church in Twin Falls. A memorial service will be held in Rifle at a later date.
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