|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1934|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2009|
CARMEL VALLEY – Earl C. Loder, M.D. died unexpectedly on March 12, 2009
with his wife and daughter by his side. The million dollar medical miracle man finally
ran out of his many "cat lives" and succumbed to a ruptured aneurysm.
Born December 17, 1934 in Pennsylvania, he attended
Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA followed by Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating, he pursued
his dream to "Go West, young man" and hitchhiked to
California. Once he obtained an Internship, he went back to
Pennsylvania to marry and retrieve the love of his life,
Nancy. Earl's desire for adventure and travel was so strong
that he borrowed money to take his new bride around the
world and returned in time for the birth of his first daughter.
His travel had assured him that California was where he
wanted to plant permanent roots.
He started a family practice in Esparto, CA and then in
Sonoma before he decided to enter U.C.S.F. to specialize in Radiation Oncology
and moved to Larkspur, CA. In 1975, he came to Community Hospital where he
practiced until his retirement in 1992. He was treasured by his patients for his compassion
Earl loved his own piece of heaven-on-earth in Carmel Valley. He was a member
of the Carmel Valley Ranch and an enthusiastic tennis player with a wicked
down-the-line forehand until he was sidelined after his medical miracle in 1999. His
passionate love of the Pacific Coast is legendary and he would visit it almost daily.
Trips down to Big Sur and Point Lobos were weekend must do's. He would often fish
or collect mussels along the shore to bring home for his epic feasts of Cioppino or
Paella to share with friends.
His love of the ocean sent him to the islands of Hawaii for years before finding
his other piece of heaven-on-earth in a town called Hanalei in Kauai. He and his wife
spent 20 years visiting on extended stays. His insatiable thirst for deep sea fishing
made for many legendary tales of Captain Earl and his "three hour tour" boating
trips that were hardly ever only three hours. When he was forced by unfavorable
conditions to be land bound, he discovered the joy of growing Orchids and
Anthuriums and became a master gardener. His outgoing, down-to-earth personality
made him very popular with people from all walks of life. He enjoyed riding his
cruiser bicycle around the beach and ‘talking story' with local residents. His sense
of humor, integrity, thoughtfulness and enthusiasm for life made him cherished by
family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Nancy; his loving daughters, Lisa
Hildebrand of Pleasanton, CA and Kirsten Loder of Carmel Valley; his grandchildren,
Stacey and Eric Hildebrand; his brother, Don Loder of PA; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held May 1st, 1-5 p.m. at Mission Ranch in
Carmel. Call 831-383-8586 if you would like more information. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions to the Community Hospital Foundation would be appreciated,
1000 Munras Avenue, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Earl's guest book.
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Created by: Brandie Markham Broberg
Record added: Dec 23, 2010
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