Earl Hampton, 90, of Salem, Ore., died Oct. 6, 2012.
He was born July 9, 1922 to Earl and Leota Boggs in Eugene, Ore. He was raised by several different people who helped him become successful in his life.
He graduated from Molalla High School in 1940 and then received an athletic scholarship to Willamette University. During his freshman year the football team was in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The football team was recruited to perform guard duty and returned home on a hospital ship where the team helped care for the wounded. When he got home, he joined the Navy and served for the duration of World War II.
During this time he met the love of his life Constance Bodeker at Molalla High School, when he was on leave and she was teaching. They were married July 27, 1944, in San Diego. After the war, he returned to Willamette, where he earned his bachelor degree of science in education. He earned his masterís degree from the University of Oregon and then his doctorate degree from Oregon State University.
Earl began his teaching career in Pendleton and then came to Salem, where he was assistant principal and then principal at Leslie Junior High School. He was the principal when Judson Junior High School opened in 1958. His favorite colors were purple and white, which became Judsonís school colors and remain to this day.
He then was assistant superintendent for Salem-Keizer School District. He then moved to Lincoln County and was superintendent there until his retirement in 1981. After his retirement he was interim superintendent for Redmond School District.
Connie and Earl retired to the home they built on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River and enjoyed the years they lived there. He loved to fish Oregonís rivers and streams and he loved digging for clams.
They made many trips around the world and especially enjoyed their time in Australia.
Earl loved sports. During the 1940s, he played semi-pro baseball around the Northwest. He felt that sports kept him focused and out of trouble, which enabled him to go onto college. He enjoyed watching football and baseball and until the day he died was a diehard OSU Beaver fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife Connie.
He is survived by his four children, Doug (Candi), Margo, David (Mary Jo), and Shelley Paeth (John); six grandchildren, Casey Hampton, Joseph Hampton (Melanie) and Matthew Hampton (Holly), Daniel Paeth, Sarah Paeth and Molly Paeth; and one great-grandchild Connor Hampton.
At his request no services will be held. The family appreciates all the care and kindness that was shown to their father at Capital Manor, where he lived for the past few years.
Those who wish may contribute to the Capital Manor Foundation, 1955 Salem Dallas Highway N.W., Salem, OR 97304, or Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. N.W., Salem, OR 97304.
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