Earl Hamner Jr.
1923 - 2016


On March 24th, 2016 legendary film and TV writer and author Earl Hamner passed surrounded by his family near his home in Los Angeles.


Collected below are articles and remembrances that folowed the news of his passing.



Scott Hamner shares the news of his father's passing

“I am very sorry to be the bearer of sad news. My father, Earl Hamner, passed away today at 12:20 PM Pacific time. Dad died peacefully in his sleep at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was surrounded by family, and we were playing his favorite music, John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Collection. Dad took his last breath half way through Rocky Mountain High. I am sure many of you know Dad was ill, but his amazing tenacity and fight masked how seriously ill he has been over the last year and a half. He was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2014, and had surgery performed in July on his 91st birthday. Unfortunately, the cancer had metastasized. The surgery was very invasive and when we went to see him in the ICU we were warned to prepare ourselves that it was uncertain he would make it through the night. I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, good wishes and kind thoughts – I can assure you that they sustained Dad and helped him to recover enough to proudly witness the final production of ‘Earl Hamner: Storyteller’, become the honored recipient of The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Humanitarian Award, and accept Media Heritage Founder’s Award. There is not a doubt in my mind that he would not have made it this far without you — and we had the good fortune to keep him in our lives a bit longer despite the odds against him. He never got enough of this great gift of life with which we have all been so deeply blessed — and he hung on as tightly as anyone could with insatiable passion and wonder. My heart is broken as I say, “Goodnight, Dad!””

Scott later shared this post ...

I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support offered to the Hamner family. As pleased as you may imagine Dad would be by the kindness and warm regard you have shown him and to the Hamner family, Dad would be even more pleased than that! Honestly, we are humbled and overwhelmed (in a good way) and it eases our hearts just a little bit...

We have been asked about a memorial or service and all I can tell you at this time is that Dad was emphatically opposed to the idea. He even made my mother promise him not to even consider the idea! So, we are respecting his wishes, but at the same time trying to imagine a way to remember him that he would like. (I.e., we all meet at the James River in Virgina and go fishing and drink a lot of Jack Daniels.) In the meantime, if you feel you need to do something to honor him, you will find below a list of organizations that Dad supported. A charitable gift in his memory would make him proud.

Thank you again for you sharing your prayers, pictures, rembrances, etc. If I didn't love him so much, I would say it is too much (but it isnt!).

Warmest regards,

Scott Hamner

The Library of Virginia Foundation
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The University Richmond
Advancement Operations
Richmond Hall G-19
University of Richmond, VA 23173

The National Audubon Society
P.O. Box 97194
Washington DC 20090-7194

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290

Motion Picture & TV Fund Foundation
23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Writer's Guild Foundation
7000 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Anyone wishing to send a letter or card to the family may do so at the address below. My mother (who does not have a Facebook account) would find this especially comforting. Thanks!

Jane Hamner
PO Box 220038
Newhall, CA 91322


Links to news stories, videos and tributes.




Sign on the Rockfish post office


Blog posts




Earl Hamner shares his thoughts with INSP about our western society


"Writing is a very emotional experience for me. Once, when I was writing the film adaptation of Charlotte's Web, the phone rang and the caller said, 'You sound all choked up.' I said, 'A spider just died.'"

~ Earl Hamner

Earl Hamner says goodnight to the cast members of The Waltons - from A Decade of the Waltons




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