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Oscar Owen Ezell

1930 - 2013

Oscar Owen Ezell passed away March 1, 2013. He was born March 21, 1930 to Harden Owen and Arllie Elma Ezell in Payson. He was an only child. Though you could say his childhood best friend, Walter Jackson, was the brother he never had. They did everything together. Mr. Ezell was born into an outdoor family. His father was a carpenter, stonemason and farmer. His grandfathers were T.H. Ezell and Babe Haught.
Mr. Ezell went to school in Payson. He spent most of his time after school splitting and loading wood for his dad, carried water to the house, then would go hunting or fishing, usually with Walter.
One of his first jobs was clearing brush for a power line company. He also worked trails for the Forest Service. Later he worked at the sawmill in Payson as a logger and edger operator.
On April 6, 1952, he married Nellie Marie Colbert from Globe. They lived next door to his parents on Old Man Yonkers place. Later that same year, Oscar moved himself and Nellie to Globe, and went to work at Cities Service as a miner, where he continued to work until he broke his back in 1984.
Along with his outdoor hobbies, Mr. Ezell was active with the Boy Scouts for many years. His favorite hobby was working on his or anyone else’s vehicles. He taught many how to fix and even replace engines.
Mr. Ezell leaves behind three children, Richard Ezell, Sharon and husband Terry Tanner, Linda and husband Frank Abell; grandchildren, Ric Ezell and his wife Lisa, Shannon and her husband Terry James Tanner, Lisa Tarango and her husband R.J., Amy PettyJohn, Heidi Carrasco and her husband Francisco, Ron Abell and his wife Valerie; and 22-plus great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ezell was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, the late Nellie Colbert Ezell; and the late Walter Jackson, his best friend and who was like the brother he never had.Special thanks to The Crossing Hospice, Dr. Hector Salazar, Melissa, Kyle, Chris, Liz, Deanna and all the many others who helped care for Dad. Words can never say how much we appreciate all of you and your loving care, writes the family.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 750 W Paxton Ave., Miami, Ariz., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Pinal Cemetery, Central Heights, Arizona.
Funeral services handled by Miles Funeral Services Miami & Globe.