Earl Franklin Pound

August 21, 1923 – November 18, 2018
Earl F. Pound, age 95, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 18, 2018, in North Logan, Utah. He was born 21 August 1923, in Pasadena, California to Franklin Vernon Pound and Dora Kristine Marker. He was an accomplished Electrical Engineer, known for his knowledge, research and pleasant disposition.
Earl started college in 1941, but quit to work in a defense plant. His love of electronics and radio led him to enroll in the civilian signal corps training program. Based on high entrance exam results, he was sent to the Bell Telephone Laboratories Radar School in New York City, and upon graduation to the Philco Airborne Radio School in Philadelphia. Later he took employment with the Sound Research Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology until the end of the war.
Earl returned to Pasadena, and began working at the California Institute of Technology in the Hydrodynamics Department and attended college part-time for a few years. He completed his associate degree before transferring to Utah for his bachelor’s degree at University of Utah. In 1951, he met and was sealed to Marian Warner in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated with honors in 1952 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, continuing through graduate school to earn his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1955.
He worked with the U of U Explosive Research Department until 1960 where he joined the Upper Air Research Laboratory. At that laboratory, he was associated with designing instrumentation for satellites and other projects. In 1970 the family moved to Logan, Utah to support a consolidated U of U/USU project which later became known as the Space Dynamics Laboratory. As a design engineer, he supported rocket, satellite, and space shuttle related projects. He taught lab courses until the time of his retirement in 1986. He had always stated that he did not really want to teach college, so he delayed finishing his PhD degree until after he retired, completing his PhD in 1995.
As a side business, Earl partnered in a private company called Cordin Company to pursue design and construction of high-speed cameras. Later, he sold his interest in Cordin Company and started his own company that built radar transponders and other equipment. This company continued to provide employment for his children and produced product for the Weather Bureau for over 20 years.
One of his hobbies was restoring antique cars. At times there were upwards of a dozen cars in various stages of assembly in his garage. He has shared his collection to his children, grandchildren and friends.
Earl was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1943. He has served in a number of positions, including Stake Missionary, Stake Librarian (Technology), Family History Department Missionary, and Temple Ordinance Worker. His favorite calling by far was Stake Librarian, where he relished serving for over 20 years. He earned a reputation as a quiet, hard worker, and generous with his time.
He is survived by his spouse, Marian Warner Pound, and his five children, Sharon Robbins (Jim), Charlene Corbridge (Scott), Wesley Pound (Brenda), Kristine Wood (Ellis), and Rodney Pound (Valerie). He leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
He leaves a legacy of faith, humility and hard work. We are blessed to have a father and grandfather who taught us so much. We will miss him greatly.
A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Allen-Hall Mortuary at 34 East Center Street, Logan Utah, on November 23, 2018 and November 24, 2018 at the Canyon Ridge Ward, 1380 East Mountain Road, Logan Utah, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Logan City Cemetery.

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