TUCSON, Ariz. – Edwin Eugene “Tampa” King, 77, of Tucson, formerly of Dixon, passed away the evening of Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Tucson Medical Center, after a long bout with cancer.
He was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Sterling, to Elmer and Marion King, and was blessed with three younger brothers, Jim, Mac and Denny King. On Dec. 27, 1954, he married Sharon Brooks at First Christian Church in Dixon, and never left her side for 58 years. He took 2 years of fire science courses in California, and was a retired firefighter from Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Tampa’s hobbies and interests included spending time with family, enjoying the scenery of the desert, and watching college football and basketball, particularly the University of Arizona Wildcats. He loved his pug puppy, Odie.
He is survived by his spouse, Sharon of Tucson; two children, Marleene (Rocky) Smith of Dixon and Natalie (Luis) Lopez of Tucson; three grandchildren, Adam Smith of Dixon, Alison (Todd) Asbury of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elyse Ranz of Dixon; and two stepgrandchildren, Casey Lester of Rockford and Spring (Stephen) Gallegos of Rock Falls; three great-grandchildren; and three great-stepgrandchildren;
Tampa was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one son, Edwin (Allie) King Jr.
A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, with the Rev. Stan Rodabaugh officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We take comfort in Paul’s words, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith ...” 2 Timothy 4:7.