LD “Odie” King died May 17, 2019, in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born in 1935 in Colorado in the midst of the Great Depression. Odie was an adventurer. He wanted to travel the country as a hobo.
In his younger days Odie picked cotton and all kinds of fruit. In high school he worked for the Santa Paula, Calif., recreation department and went on to write a daily sports column in the local paper.
Odie served in the Army in Germany from 1956-57.
In the sixties Odie created a coffee shop with musicians and the works. He himself played the banjo, ukulele and dulcimer, sang the old folk songs with family and friends and was an artist.
Odie loved the sea. He was a commercial abalone fisherman, raced sail boats, had a houseboat in the Ventura marina and came very close to sailing his family to Tahiti on a sail boat.
He had a winning race horse named Fridays Fin!
Odie worked as a rocket scientist and lost a finger to prove it!
In 1970 Odie came to Trinity County and started Big Foot Campground downriver. He later became a Trinity County appraiser.
Odie sold real estate and was successfully flipping houses before it was the thing to do. He built a house from the ground up. He even owned a food truck!
Odie made friends easily, volunteering at the food bank, was an active member of ECV the “Clampers,” the car club, and enjoyed traveling the North State with his wife of 54 years Jackie in their motor home with friends.
Odie was the loving husband of Jackie; father to Dane (Micha) King, David (Michele) King, and Kathy (Dave) Hiatt; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Jack King.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Weaverville Golden Age Center, 201 Browns Ranch Road, Weaverville. You are welcome to bring a passing dish.