Herbert Cecil Easley Jr.
December 21, 1933 – February 21, 2019
Herbert C. (Herb) Easley Jr. 85, of Phoenix passed away at home surrounded by his family on February 21, 2019. He was born to Herbert C. Easley Sr. and Clara M Skinner on December 21, 1933 in the small oil town of Taft, California. He grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco, before moving to Phoenix in 1947 where he then graduated from North High School in 1951.
After graduating, Herb enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1953-1957 as an Aviation Photographer’s Mate with his final 18 months aboard the USS Valley Forge (CVS-45). In 1957 after his Honorable discharge, he attended Phoenix College and Arizona State University. From 1959 to 1963 Herb landed a job with KTVK-TV as a cameraman and audio operator before going to work with his father at Easley’s Fun Shop full time. Herb loved learning magic and also being a well-known Ventriloquist.
Herb was involved with the Sports Car Club in the early 1960’s. He joined the Phoenix Jaycees in 1966 and served on several Rodeo of Rodeo Committees. In 1977 he became a JCI Senator and subsequently served on the Old Timers Committee. In 1985 he joined the National Costumers Association and was president from 1997-1999, attending conventions all over the United States for many years. He was a member of the local Ring 55 Magic Club and received a lifetime achievement award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians in October 2018. Herb was an enthusiast of World War II history, architecture, aviation, trivia, and loved his daily crossword puzzles.
Herb is survived by his wife Carol Easley; Two daughters Debbie Easley and Dr. Leslie Easley-Dominguez (Joe); Three grandchildren Ashley Butler(Ty); Samantha Herrera (Luis) and London Dominguez. He is also survived by three great grandchildren Ashton Butler; Aubrey and Xenny Herrera.
A viewing will be held Monday, February 25, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary. A Funeral Service will follow on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary located at 710 W. Bethany Home Road Phoenix. Family suggests in Lieu of flowers please donate to your charity of choice in Herbert’s name.
- Visitation Monday, February 25, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Herbert Cecil Easley Jr.
March 1, 2019
Herb was president of the National Costumers Association when I also served on the board....lots of fond and fun memories for our family at conventions. Our girls were 3 & 7 years old at our 1st one in Washington DC...many years ago. Lifting Carol And family in prayer.🙏
February 27, 2019
Condolences to the family of Herb. A long life, well lived. I was a classmate of Herbie's at North High and i remember well for the better part of our freshman and sophomore years our little group ate on the lawn almost every day. the group included my oldest friend, dick pennington, bob blumle was there most of the time, tom ross was there (the second yr) , nd of course, Herbie, a scrawny, blond headed funny and bright kid. Those lunches were a real good part of my high school experience. I hadn't seen Herbie in years altho my wife was in the shop many times over the years. I'm sure he will be missed by many folks, especially us old-timers. All those old lunch mates from years ago are now gone and i miss every one of them. norm brown
February 22, 2019
Thank you Mr. Easley for all the amazing memories! 🎩