April 20, 1916 — June 7, 2013
Emerald Ralph Luther passed away suddenly while visiting in Portland, Ore. He was born in Walla Walla, Wash., and lived in Placerville for 67 years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie; father, John; and his seven siblings. He is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Barbara; son, E. Dennis Luther (Barbara Jr.) of Sacramento; daughter. Marilyn Luther Horner (Tom) of Placerville; sons, Richard Luther (Kathy) of Vacaville and Michigan and Hal Luther (Beckie) of West Virginia; sister, Iretha Golden of Concord; sister-in-law, Shirley Ladd Luther of La Guna Woods, Calif.; sister-in-law, Beverly Blaske of Placerville; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two-and-a-half great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Emerald worked with general contractor Chet Carver for 15 years and James P. Morton for 18 years prior to his retirement in 1969. It is hard to go anywhere in Placerville without being in view of a structure he worked on. For several years he had a venetian blind and drapery business known as The Blind Date Man. He was a member of the Carpenter Union for 72 years and worked for the Navy during World War II. He was a charter member of the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, a charter member of the SIRs Branch #70 and a member of the BPOElks for 45 years.
Emerald always said his greatest achievement was “to marry Barbara, have four great children and build the old barn on top of the hill.” He always said we did a good job with our family. He and Barbara traveled worldwide and across the United States many times. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be missed very much.
A memorial service will be held at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Club House Drive off Cold Springs Road on Thursday, June 20, at 3 p.m. Please, no flowers. Donations may be made to the El Dorado High School Alumni Association for their scholarship, P.O. Box 15, Placerville, CA 95667; to the Marshall Hospital Foundation; or to you favorite charity.