We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Tulocay Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematory
Edward (Ed/Eddie) Estin died unexpectedly after a brief medical emergency. Thankfully his immediate family and friends had three days to say our goodbyes.
Born in Los Angeles to Isaac Noselivitz (Ernest Estin) and Gertrude Wexler Estin, he was the youngest of twelve children but the only child of Ernest and Gertrude. Ed was a proud graduate of Los Angeles High School class of 1953 and shortly afterward enlisted in the Marines and served one tour of duty in South Korea after the armistice. He finished his service in Las Vegas which allowed him to stay with his Uncle Nelson's family and see top-tier performers at hotels along the strip for the price of a beer. Ed returned to Los Angeles and received his BA in Psychology at Cal State LA and began a long career working with children and families.
He married Mary Ellen Lent in 1964 and was the proud father to Geoff and Jennifer. He mentored their musical talents and was the epitome of the band parent taking them to competitions throughout Northern California. From 1975 to 1985, he owned and operated Star Bowl Ranch, Inc., a non-profit facility in Grass Valley for teenage youth at risk. He dreamt of operating this 24/7 group home to care for and rehabilitate delinquent youths. These ten years were some of the best and most rewarding of his life.
Beginning in 1985 Ed began a long and successful career with Napa County Probation. He retired in 2001 after receiving numerous recognition and awards. Ed's fondness for helping children led him to join the Kiwanis Club of Napa. He took on many leadership roles culminating as President (2013-14). He was always one of the first to volunteer for events, fundraisers, and parades, and especially enjoyed building playgrounds around the City of Napa.
When the opportunity arose, Ed was excited to reach out and make a difference in the world of children in the remote village of Peter Town, Libera. As a board member of the non-profit Opportunity for African Kids (OAKS), this small but dedicated group raised funds that successfully built a school, housing for the teachers, dug wells, and constructed latrines.
In 2002 a good friend and matchmaker, Randi Storm, introduced him to an amazing woman, Eve Kahn. The "one date" commitment he made evolved into 18 years of love, travel, adventure, and a few performances with Follies du Valle.
Ed loved to travel. A world map on the wall in his home office is weighted down with pins representing all the cities and countries he visited. Sadly, the pandemic prevented travel to Australia and New Zealand - #1 on his bucket list.
Ed is survived by his wife, Evalyn (Eve) Kahn; his son Geoff and partner Gretchen Dennis; his daughter Jennifer Corcoran; grandchildren Geoffrey, Kaleigh, and Broc Corcoran; his goddaughter Brittany Laporiere; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He will be sorely missed by his wife, extended Estin family, the Kiwanis Club of Napa, the cast and crew of Follies du Valle, The Miller family, and his smoking buddies at the Napa Cigar Society.
A memorial service and celebration of his life are planned for 2 pm Sunday, October 23rd at Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa. The service will be streamed live on YouTube for all who cannot attend in person and recorded to watch at a later time/date.
If you wish, please make a donation in his name online at KiwanisClubofNapa.org.