After graduating from Farrington High School in 1961, Earl studied electronics at Honolulu Technical School and graduated as an electronics technician. He continued his studies as a radio relay technician at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and after becoming a certified technician, earned a position as a service technician with Frieden Business Machine Company.
Earl began his career at Kaena Point Tracking Station in 1965 with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company as a timing technician and held numerous positions over his 30-year career including telemetry technician, range operations technician, and electronics technician. He also served many years as a union steward of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He enjoyed coaching baseball, University of Hawaii athletics, woodworking, traveling to Las Vegas once or twice a year with Aileen, good food, and talking story with others. Earl was a very generous man, who always put others ahead of himself.
He is survived by wife Aileen; sons, Dean and Chad; daughters-in-law, Hye Kyong and Nadine; grandchildren, Chadin and Caylin Kokubun; siblings, Richard Kokubun and Frances Hamasaki.
Earl was a devoted husband, wise and caring father,
loving grandfather, and a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend.
He will be forever missed.
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