Ed was born in Wayne, Nebraska, April 27, 1934 and attended public school in O’Neill, Nebraska, and one year at Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1953 as a band musician and was discharged Oct. 29, 1956.
He married Kenna Lee Hawks of Moab, Utah, on Oct. 29, 1955. They moved to Bellingham, Washington, to start winter quarter of 1957 at Western Washington State College and he graduated summer quarter 1959 with a BA in music education. Ed’s first teaching “gig” was the Lake Quinault School District in Washington in 1959, for three years. His second “gig” was as an assistant to the music department at Western Washington State College in 1962 and he earned an MA in music education. Ed’s third “gig” was from 1963 to 1968 in the Elma, Washington, school district and his fourth “gig” was at the Oak Harbor, Washington, school district from 1968 thru 1977. Ed entered commercial fishing in 1972 for salmon in Washington and Alaska, and retired in 2016.
Ed is survived by his wife, Kenna Lee Hawks Bridges of Moab, Utah, his forever bride of 61 plus years; son, Michael D. Bridges, and grandson, Austin Bridges of Moab, Utah; and daughter, Michelle J. Bridges of Salida, Colorado. There will only be a private service for the family.
One final message to all my friends and students: “Think well for me and my family and if you desire, make a donation to the music scholarship at Oak Harbor Music Festival.” Donations can be made at: www.oakharborfestival.com.