Earl Thomas Forsythe

Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2002

Former Juneau resident Earl Thomas Forsythe died May 16, 002.

He was born July 10, 1910, in Cle Elum, Wash. He spent his youth living in Cle Elum, Tono, McNeil Island and Tacoma, Wash. In 1934 he moved to Alaska to find his fortune in gold.

He played semi-professional baseball in Juneau. In 1948 he was employed by the Department of Fish and Game in Alaska to "inspect and report on the quantity and quality" of fish in a number of Alaskan lakes.

In 1949 he married Thelma Pederson, and for their honeymoon they traveled to New York City to watch the Dodgers and Yankees play in the World Series. While in New York City they developed the idea of building a unique bar in Juneau. They built and opened the Red Dog Saloon, which featured swinging doors, sawdust on the floors and singing waiters.

In 1951, the Forsythes relocated to San Diego, Calif., and opened Forsythe Mortgage Co. in Hillcrest. He coached El Cajon Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball, owned racehorses at Caliente and was a member of the El Cajon Elks Club. In recent years the Forsythes divided their time between their primary residence in Lakeside, Calif., and their desert home in Happy Wanderers outside of Palm Springs.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing the drums, and baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Thelma; sons Richard (Vena) Forsythe of Murrieta, Calif., and William (Lori) Forsythe of Encinitas, Calif.; daughters Sondra (Dean) Gordiner of Carlsbad, Calif., and Cyndi (Ed) Forsythe of Lakeside, Calif.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Jennings Estates Mobile Home clubhouse, 9500 Harritt Road, Lakeside, Calif.

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