Earl, as family and friends affectionately called him, was born May 2, 1926 on the Saxton Family Farm on the Porter Road (Troy Township) to Willis and Aline (Leonard) Saxton.
Throughout his youth he worked on his family farm alongside his father and brothers, learning from them at a very early age the value of a hard day’s work. Known as the “Tyrone Power” of Troy High School, Earl was a 1944 graduate where he played on the basketball team for three years, often walking home from practice in sub-zero temperatures just be able to enjoy a game he loved. He was a member of the Troy squad that won the 1944 Roosevelt Trail League championship.
After high school he served honorably in the United States Army as a Field Lineman from 1946 to 1948. On June 11, 1949 he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Monro, and together they moved to their family farm, just up the Porter Road from where he was born, and raised three daughters, Sandra (David) Clink, Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Sharon (Gregory) Jones, Clermont, Fl and Mansfield, PA, and Susan (Thomas) Evans, Litchfield, NH.