Edward Harold Maxwell
Edward Harold Maxwell
  • February 10, 1929 - November 15, 2009
  • Bullhead City, Arizona

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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Edward Maxwell who was indeed a born leader. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. Edd was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional "old school" morals, Edd was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Edward knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in life.

       His parents were Edward and Alice Irene. Eddie was raised in San Diego, California. Even as a youngster, Edd learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Eddie was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren't supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Edd had one sibling, a younger sister, June.

      Edward's practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Edd's orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Edd saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment in order to learn more and become a better individual. He earned his degrees at San Diego State University and University of California Berkeley. He also pursued graduate school, earning his J. D. at UCLA. Edd never stopped educating himself. His goal in life was to know and learn everything. Those who know him will agree he was a well rounded intellegent person.

      Edward was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Edd was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn't afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Edd came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, his best friend was Porgue. Later in life, he became friends with his personality clone Jim Thompson, his dear doctor Kim Butler, wonderful friends MaryLou Manthey, Ronny Sims, and his Redland pals Sharon and Paul Vener.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Edd reveled in the security of his family. With long time companionship he finally made it official and married Jody on January 15, 1994 in a quiet ceramony at the Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of Edd's most endearing qualities was his love and loyalty for his family and friends.

      Edd was ever watchful of his daughters. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Edd would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see it was in their best interest. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his girls were properly raised and well taken care of. Edd was blessed with three children, two daughters, Kimbe and Misty, and a son, Duke. All though Misty passed away at a young age she forever remained close to his heart. He was so proud to know that his hard work paid off when his baby girl, Kimbe turned out to be everything he ever hoped for. He was also blessed with six grandchildren, Tylo, Seth, Ryu, baby Scout, Alex and Joshua.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Edd was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Edd was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Edward upheld his standards. His primary occupations was a building contractor and a Real Estate Broker. He held many postions in his life. He started in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician aboard ship, attended the U.S. Naval Air Station Trade School. Worked as an Aircraft Engine and Airframe Mechanic. Was an Aircraft Mechanic on the F102 Fighter Jet. He worked for 11 years as a Technical and Engineering Writer. He worked directly for Congress on the complete upgrade (Master Plan) of all the South Pacific Islands under the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii. Edd Studied and successfully received seven licenses from the FAA. Obtained a CA Real Estate Brokers and Contractors license and owned a small computer company. Edward was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of "give me a job, and I will get it done."

      Edd was a Navy veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a World War II Victory Medal.

      Edward approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the