The Obit For Joe Reed

Joseph Franklin Reed

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on December 7, 2010

Joseph Franklin Reed passed away Friday, November 26, 2010 at his home in Newport Beach.

Joe was born on January 6, 1937 in Long Beach, California, and was preceded in death by his wife, Carolynn Kingston Reed.

He leaves behind a daughter, Pamela Reed Allison; a son, Brett Joseph Reed; two granddaughters, Taylor and Jordan Allison, and many good friends who will miss him dearly.

Joe grew up in Long Beach, and graduated from Long Beach State College, where he was active in Acacia Fraternity and served the baseball program as the team's trainer.

Following college and his service in the Army, Joe umpired baseball in the minor leagues before beginning his long career as an investment banker. Throughout his adult life, he remained involved in the community umpiring and officiating high school baseball and football games, and serving Acacia Fraternity as National President.

Joe was also on the board of the National Association of Sports Officials and spoke and taught frequently at conferences and umpire clinics. He finished his brokerage career with Merrill Lynch, retiring in 2003.

While Joe spent much of his free time traveling, primarily taking cruises and visiting myriad of foreign countries, he couldn't sit still and returned to his first love, baseball, working for the last five years as an Umpire Observer with Major League Baseball.

A long time supporter of Long Beach State Baseball, last October, Joe was inducted into the Long Beach State Baseball Hall of Fame, honoring him for his years of service to the program.

His many friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach, 4700 Deukmejian Drive.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Long Beach State Baseball, 49er Athletic Club, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840 or the ALS Foundation, Orange County Chapter, 1232 Village Way, Suite A, Santa Ana, CA 92705.