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Western Slope Obituaries 7-18-11

Donald Lee George, 74, of Palisade, Colo., passed away after a brief illness while surrounded by his loving family July 9, 2011.

He was born on February 18, 1937, in Colorado Springs, Colo., and raised in Divide, Colo., on a large farm. The family moved to the western slope in 1947, and Don worked on the family farm, where he had to milk cows by hand and do other chores before taking an hour-long school bus ride to Hotchkiss, Colo.

In 1955, Don met and married his life-long sweetheart, Lois Esther Maybon in Cedaredge, Colo. After working on uranium drill rigs in southwest Colorado for several years, Don and Lois moved to East Orchard Mesa in Palisade, Colo., where they lived and worked on his beloved peach and apricot farm for the last 46 years. At the time, he also worked construction and was then employed at Ute Water Conservancy District for 27 years. He loved working in his garden, fishing with his grandchildren, searching for arrowheads, and riding his four-wheeler around the farm.

Don’s biggest pleasure in life was being around his four kids, nine grandkids and six great-grandkids. He was always a permanent fixture at all of their school or athletic events; he was their biggest fan. Don especially loved being at home, where he shared many memories with all his family members. He enjoyed helping his wife make beautiful quilts for every member of the family, canning jams and pickles, and watching rodeos on television. Don and Lois enjoyed eating out regularly, and they recently traveled to Branson, Mo., with Don’s brother and sister-in-law. Don bowled in several leagues for many years. He belonged to a pinochle club, and he loved playing cards with his many friends. For 30 years, he was a loyal member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; his four children, Donald Eugene George (Myssi), Julie Ann Tooker (Rodney), Pamela Esther Robinson (Larry), and Kenneth Leroy George (Liisa); nine grandchildren, Clarissa Tooker Rouse (Ryan), Alicia Tooker Scott (Mike), Joshua Tooker (fiance, Crystal), Mallory George (fiance, Ryan), Taylor Robinson, Logan Robinson, Austin Robinson, Tarrin George (fiance, Levi), and Curtis George; and six great-grandchildren, Presley and Ariel Rouse; Braylen, Torhyn and Ayla Scott, and Kendra Tooker; brothers, Wayne Curtis George (Dortha) of Paonia, Colo., and Lloyd Eugene George (Billi Lou) of Grand Junction, Colo.

He was preceded in death by parents, Curtis McComb George and Lillie Elbertine Turner George and four siblings.

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Memorial services were held July 16, 2011 at Church on the Rock Family Worship Center, 2170 Broadway, Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Orchard Mesa Fire Department, P.O. Box 164, Palisade, Colo., 81526.

Donald Lee George, 74, of Palisade, Colo., passed away after a brief illness while surrounded by his loving family July 9, 2011.

He was born on February 18, 1937, in Colorado Springs, Colo., and raised in Divide, Colo., on a large farm. The family moved to the western slope in 1947, and Don worked on the family farm, where he had to milk cows by hand and do other chores before taking an hour-long school bus ride to Hotchkiss, Colo.

In 1955, Don met and married his life-long sweetheart, Lois Esther Maybon in Cedaredge, Colo. After working on uranium drill rigs in southwest Colorado for several years, Don and Lois moved to East Orchard Mesa in Palisade, Colo., where they lived and worked on his beloved peach and apricot farm for the last 46 years. At the time, he also worked construction and was then employed at Ute Water Conservancy District for 27 years. He loved working in his garden, fishing with his grandchildren, searching for arrowheads, and riding his four-wheeler around the farm.

Don’s biggest pleasure in life was being around his four kids, nine grandkids and six great-grandkids. He was always a permanent fixture at all of their school or athletic events; he was their biggest fan. Don especially loved being at home, where he shared many memories with all his family members. He enjoyed helping his wife make beautiful quilts for every member of the family, canning jams and pickles, and watching rodeos on television. Don and Lois enjoyed eating out regularly, and they recently traveled to Branson, Mo., with Don’s brother and sister-in-law. Don bowled in several leagues for many years. He belonged to a pinochle club, and he loved playing cards with his many friends. For 30 years, he was a loyal member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; his four children, Donald Eugene George (Myssi), Julie Ann Tooker (Rodney), Pamela Esther Robinson (Larry), and Kenneth Leroy George (Liisa); nine grandchildren, Clarissa Tooker Rouse (Ryan), Alicia Tooker Scott (Mike), Joshua Tooker (fiance, Crystal), Mallory George (fiance, Ryan), Taylor Robinson, Logan Robinson, Austin Robinson, Tarrin George (fiance, Levi), and Curtis George; and six great-grandchildren, Presley and Ariel Rouse; Braylen, Torhyn and Ayla Scott, and Kendra Tooker; brothers, Wayne Curtis George (Dortha) of Paonia, Colo., and Lloyd Eugene George (Billi Lou) of Grand Junction, Colo.

He was preceded in death by parents, Curtis McComb George and Lillie Elbertine Turner George and four siblings.

Memorial services were held July 16, 2011 at Church on the Rock Family Worship Center, 2170 Broadway, Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Orchard Mesa Fire Department, P.O. Box 164, Palisade, Colo., 81526.

Donald Lee George, 74, of Palisade, Colo., passed away after a brief illness while surrounded by his loving family July 9, 2011.

He was born on February 18, 1937, in Colorado Springs, Colo., and raised in Divide, Colo., on a large farm. The family moved to the western slope in 1947, and Don worked on the family farm, where he had to milk cows by hand and do other chores before taking an hour-long school bus ride to Hotchkiss, Colo.

In 1955, Don met and married his life-long sweetheart, Lois Esther Maybon in Cedaredge, Colo. After working on uranium drill rigs in southwest Colorado for several years, Don and Lois moved to East Orchard Mesa in Palisade, Colo., where they lived and worked on his beloved peach and apricot farm for the last 46 years. At the time, he also worked construction and was then employed at Ute Water Conservancy District for 27 years. He loved working in his garden, fishing with his grandchildren, searching for arrowheads, and riding his four-wheeler around the farm.

Don’s biggest pleasure in life was being around his four kids, nine grandkids and six great-grandkids. He was always a permanent fixture at all of their school or athletic events; he was their biggest fan. Don especially loved being at home, where he shared many memories with all his family members. He enjoyed helping his wife make beautiful quilts for every member of the family, canning jams and pickles, and watching rodeos on television. Don and Lois enjoyed eating out regularly, and they recently traveled to Branson, Mo., with Don’s brother and sister-in-law. Don bowled in several leagues for many years. He belonged to a pinochle club, and he loved playing cards with his many friends. For 30 years, he was a loyal member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; his four children, Donald Eugene George (Myssi), Julie Ann Tooker (Rodney), Pamela Esther Robinson (Larry), and Kenneth Leroy George (Liisa); nine grandchildren, Clarissa Tooker Rouse (Ryan), Alicia Tooker Scott (Mike), Joshua Tooker (fiance, Crystal), Mallory George (fiance, Ryan), Taylor Robinson, Logan Robinson, Austin Robinson, Tarrin George (fiance, Levi), and Curtis George; and six great-grandchildren, Presley and Ariel Rouse; Braylen, Torhyn and Ayla Scott, and Kendra Tooker; brothers, Wayne Curtis George (Dortha) of Paonia, Colo., and Lloyd Eugene George (Billi Lou) of Grand Junction, Colo.

He was preceded in death by parents, Curtis McComb George and Lillie Elbertine Turner George and four siblings.

Memorial services were held July 16, 2011 at Church on the Rock Family Worship Center, 2170 Broadway, Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Orchard Mesa Fire Department, P.O. Box 164, Palisade, Colo., 81526.