While Earle Raymond Bean trailed his older brother, Samuel William, by nearly five years, the two shared so many similarities. Their appearance, for one: tall, lanky, big-footed, narrow-faced, and topped with dark, curly hair.
And oh, there was one other similarity: they both had Marfan syndrome.
Perhaps it was owing to that last irregularity that, only nine days after bidding Sam Bean goodbye, the family was gathered around his younger brother, repeating the same unbearable process.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Earl R. Bean, 29, of 48 Via El Monte, San Lorenzo, who died Sunday in an Oakland hospital.Mr. Bean's death followed by 11 days the death of his brother, Samuel W. Bean Jr., 34, former associate of the Ice Follies.A native Californian, Earl Bean formerly lived in Alameda. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he was a member of Oakland Lodge No. 324, Loyal Order of Moose.He is survived by his wife, Marilyn.The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Fowler-Anderson Mortuary, 2244 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Interment will be Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno.