Edwin Lamont March, Lt. Cmdr., USN Retired, 98, was united with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 19, 2020.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1921 in Summitville, Indiana, to Keiffer and Mildred March. He was married to Helen Harriet Varner on Aug. 29, 1951.
He is preceded in death by his son Gilbert Joseph March of Houston; parents Keiffer and Mildred March; brother Robert March; grandparents Robert and Ethel March of Greentown, Indiana; and nephew Rob March. He is survived by his loving wife, partner and mother of his children, Helen H. March; his children Trudy V. Watkins of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Edwin L. (Georgette) March II of Lakeside, California, James E. March of Escondido, California, Kim Allan March of Vista, and Tracy A. (Donald) Ramm of Chula Vista; six grandchildren John D. (Sonia) Watkins of Woodland Hills, California, Wendy Watkins (Jeff) McCollum of Madison, Wisconsin, Natalie Dehesa (Tylor) Stutz of Wildomar, Ca\lifornia, Andre’ Dehesa, Avia R. Ramm and Charles J. Ramm, all of Chula Vista; four great-granddaughters, Amelia, Melodie and Hannah Watkins and Stella Stutz; two great-grandsons, Anthony J. Watkins and Nathan Stutz; one niece Meredith McNamee and one nephew Jon March.
Edwin graduated from Thornton Fractional High School in Calumet City, IL. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and received his Bachelors Degree from National University.
He retired from the Navy in 1970, where his last tour of duty was at North Island Naval Air Station. During his many years as a Naval jet pilot, he flew many different aircraft and often ferried them from one base to another. He served during the Korean War, as well as the Vietnam War.
During the Vietnam War, he went into enemy territory and flew many older planes back to be refurbished so they could, once again, be put into safe flying order. He was one of the first pilots to fly jets off an aircraft carrier at night, and return safely with them.
Ed was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, CA.
He was a wonderful and amazing husband and father and was kind to everyone. He will be missed by all who knew him.