Earle Petrik

Obituary of Earle Belton Petrik

Obituary for Earle Belton “Doc” Petrik

April 30, 1922-February 3, 2023

Earle was born in Havre, Montana to Vivian Belton and Earle V. Petrik. After his parents divorced, he was raised by his father and step-mother Stella for whom he had the greatest admiration and love.

He served in the Navy from 1942-1945. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and Treasure Island where he was a radar instructor. It was at this time that his superior officer gave him the nick-name Doc. He also served in the National Guard from 1949-1950.

He met his wife to be Beverly as a blind date for her friend. Earle and Beverly were married after a two week courtship that led to 46 years of happiness before Beverly passed away.

Earle worked as a carpenter for most of his adult life earning his contractor’s license along the way. He worked for Granite Construction Company from 1962 until his retirement in 1978. As a carpenter foreman with Granite he built the Sky Glider at the Boardwalk, worked at Alfred Hitchcock’s estate, completed projects at Lockheed and was responsible for many jobs at Cowell and Stevenson Colleges at U.C.S.C.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Benich (John) and two sons Steven (Helene) and Stanley (Janet), eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his girlfriend (as he always called her) of 31 years Roslyn Myers. He was predeceased by his daughter Sandra Varin Totten (Phil).

Earle was a very generous man with his time, talent and love. He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed. No services are planned at Earle’s request.

Earle’s family is grateful for the care he received from Sutter Care at Home-VNA of Santa Cruz and Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

If you wish to make a contribution in Earle’s memory, donations to Vista Center (for the blind and visually impaired) would be appreciated.


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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel