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Edwin I. Power Jr.

September 9, 1922 March 18, 2017
Edwin I. Power Jr.
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On a spring day filled with the kind of clouds he loved to play tag with as he piloted his own plane time and again over 60 years, Edwin I. Power Jr., the man who built the Nut Tree Airport and was the visionary for much of the world-famous institution, became one with them. Mr. Power died Mar. 18 in his Kenwood home in Sonoma County. He was 94. A mass is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Mar. 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Ed was the eldest of the famed complex’s second-generation partners; his brother Robert and sister Mary Helen. They built on the genius of parents Edwin I. Power Sr., and Helen Harbison Power. Together, they began the legend in 1921 by selling fresh fruit from a stand under a black-walnut tree on the Harbison Ranch, next to what was then Highway 40. Born on the ranch, Ed Jr. attended Vacaville High School and later joined the U.S. Air Corps, where for three years in WWII he was a mechanic on B-17 bombers. He came home, learned to fly on the G.I. Bill, and became a national legend in aviation. In 1955, Ed pressed for building the Nut Tree Airport to attract the flying public to the family complex. It also attracted great pioneers in aviation, while the restaurant attracted the stars of movies and politics. The airport was a model in the industry, featured in global magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post. Mr. Power is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Liscom, and his children, Sandra, Stephen, David and Alan. He was preceded by his son Henry, who died in a plane crash in 1984. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be sent to the Henry Power Memorial Scholarship Fund, Solano Community College, Dorothy.Hawkes@solano.edu.

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Service

Friday

31

Mar

10:00 AM 3/31/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

350 Stinson Ave.
Vacaville, CA 95688

St. Mary's Catholic Church
350 Stinson Ave. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

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Location

Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery Final Resting Place

522 Elmira Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687

522 Elmira Rd. Vacaville 95687 CA
United States
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