Lloyd Earl Belton, 64, of Yakima passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, with loved ones at his side.
He was born March 31, 1947 in Sunnyside to Denzel and Lois (Wright) Belton.
He went to school in Buena and Grandview, completing the 11th grade. Following school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and served until November of 1968. During at which time he received his GED and served two tours in Vietnam as a heavy equipment operator. After serving his country, Earl moved to California, where he became a partner in Belton Fabricators.
He moved his family to Spokane in the summer of 1975, where he started E and B Construction with his best friend (brother) Boyce Bishop. One year later in 1976, the business was changed to EBKO. He traveled all over the U.S. to build steel buildings for various customers. Construction was his trademark, and something he truly enjoyed.
He married the love of his life, Dianne Stoddard, on June 1, 1967. Together they had two children, son Heith and daughter Renee.
Earl and Dianne were blessed to have spent 16 years as husband and wife, until Dianne passed away in 1984 after battling cancer. When he lost her, he lost himself and became a very unpredictable person. When you first met him, he appeared to be a very intimidating man, standing 6'4" and weighing 240 lbs, but that was just on the outside. Inside, he had a heart of gold, though he was a "tough guy" and didn't show his emotions to just anyone. Earl had his own battles and lost some relationships with family and friends along the way. In the last four and a half years of his life, he had made amends to several, including his two kids, which had always been important to him, but had trouble showing them.
He truly enjoyed camping, fishing, trips to Canada and riding his 1978 Harley Davidson. He spent as much time with his family as he could when he wasn't working out of town. He taught both of his kids to ride motorcycles, fish, and to be very independent and strong individuals.
Earl is survived by his two kids, Heith (Embra) Belton of Tieton and Renee (Kelly) Arnold of Yakima; sister, Dorene (Boyce) Bishop of Grandview; brothers, Jim Belton of Yakima and Bill (Linda) Belton of Spokane; six grandchildren, Randy Belton of Yakima, Chenal and Shani Baker and Kyle Belton, all of Tieton, Megan Davis and Ashley Arnold, both of Yakima; one great-grandson, Jacob Harrington of Tieton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Denzel and Lois Belton; his wife, Dianne Belton; and granddaughter, Desiree' Davis.
Family would like to give a special thanks to the Gleed Fire Department, Yakima Memorial Hospital fifth floor staff, Jeff and Leslie Wood, Troy and Cheryl Matthews and Chaplain Phil Lavik for all their support and help in this time of need.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Banner Bank c/o Lloyd E. Belton to assist family with cost of services, the Gleed Fire Department, or the National Cancer Society.
Memorial services will be held Monday, June 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside with a potluck/family gathering to follow at Boyce and Dorene Bishop's home in Grandview.
Those wishing to sign Lloyd's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.