Vincent Colvin was born on May 30, 1923 to Frank
(1882-1974) and Estella Jane Miller Colvin (1893-1924) in Gold
Beach, Oregon. His paternal grandparents were Henry
"Sam" Colvin and Miriam Dougherty
Colvin. He was the youngest of four children (Aina, Juanita, and
Marjorie) and many aunts, uncles, and grandparents were involved in
his early upbringing. He passed away in Madras, OR, on April 14, 2015.
He went through
the public schools in Gold Beach, and was the first and only person
at Gold Beach High School to be elected president of the student body
from Gold Beach High School in 1941, he spent a summer as a lookout
on Rocky Peak, about 17 miles north of Gold Beach. He entered Pacific
University, where his studies were cut short by World
War II. He served in the Army in France and Germany as an infantryman
on the front lines and eventually made his way back to Oregon after
the war. From his graduation to the end of the war, he wrote over
300 letters to his family. He entered
the University of Oregon in
Eugene in 1946 and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Business Administration.
He returned to Gold Beach as a teacher at the high school, married
Frances Lea Pennington later that year, and had three children (Penny,
Cathy, and Paul)
in the next few years.
During the summers
in the late 50's and early 60's Edsel took classes at the University
of Oregon and got a Master's Degree in Education as well as his school
administrator's certification. In 1963 he became superintendent-principal
of Gold Beach Union High School and later superintendent of both the
elementary and high school districts in Gold Beach.
He has been retired