GEORGE MICHAEL FROOME May 12, 1929 ~ May 7, 2014 George Michael Froome passed away on May 7, 2014, just 5 days before his 85th birthday. He was born on May 12, 1929 to James N. Froome Sr, and Agnes Muller, in their home at 323 Washington Street, Red Bluff, the last of four children. He attended public schools in Red Bluff and graduated from Red Bluff Union High School in 1947. At the age of 8 George had an eye injury that resulted in the loss of his right eye. He was still able to participate in school athletics, go hunting with his older brothers, water ski, and drive with abandon. George spent many years teaching at Bidwell School before going into the administration side of education. He loved teaching the young people of Tehama County and watching them mature into adulthood. Many of these students found they could ask for his help and he would spend extra time helping them grasp the fundamentals of whatever class they were having a problem with. As a teacher he saw many of his students become productive in their respective fields of employment. He knew no matter what their growing up experience was each student had talents they did not yet realize and was proud to be a part of that achievement. After retiring he was asked to help with several schools in need of interim teachers and principals and was always happy to do so. George has always been very active in the community. He was the sports broadcaster for KBLF during football, basketball and baseball season plus announcing the Red Bluff Round-Up over KBLF. His vast knowledge of sports enabled him to give accurate descriptions so the listeners could visualize what was happening on the playing fields and rodeo arena. He was a lifetime member of the Red Bluff Elk's Lodge #1250, the California Teachers Association and also served as a docent at the Governors' mansion in Sacramento. One of George's fondest accomplishments occurred during his 2 years as President of the Red Bluff Rotary Club. The Pauline Davis Pavilion at the Tehama County Fairgrounds did not have funding from the Fair Board to help with maintaining the facility. Under George's direction the Rotary Club decided to give local businesses the chance to put a sign inside the building by charging a small fee and using the money for the continued upkeep as well as providing much needed improvements such as heating and cooling to the building. The money has also been used to make needed improvements to the entrance, dining area and bathrooms. This idea was so well received by the merchants of Red Bluff as you walk into the Pavilion today you will see the signs, some of these businesses have been advertising since the beginning of this improvement idea. George became a Director of the Red Bluff Round-Up Association in 1986 serving as the program director until he resigned in 2013. He also served as the first President of the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum which was a vision of his oldest brother Jim. George helped in the building of the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum and then actively sought old pictures and other memorabilia from the conception of the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum. Today the Museum has saddles, chaps, guns, holsters, pictures and other items donated by many of the local cowboys, Round-Up directors and their families. "The Red Bluff Round-Up Association and the Museum was his passion." George loved traveling especially to Canada in the summer, spending time at Shasta Lake, helping his sister Virginia on her cabin at Mineral just enjoying time with his family, refinishing antique furniture, and he loved the San Francisco Giants. George was predeceased by his father and mother, James and Agnes Muller Froome, brothers Max and Jim Froome, and sister Virginia Orton. George is survived by his sons Joe and wife Kellie, David and wife Donna and their mother Marie; granddaughter Kara Ludwig and husband Daniel, grandson Wyatt; and one great granddaughter Audrey Ludwig. Other survivors are nieces Kathy Sibert of Red Bluff, Nicki and Alan Buchta of Medford, Oregon, nephews Jim and Diana and Max and Denise Froome of Red Bluff along with numerous great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins. George's family also wants to thank the Brent and Janet Forward family, the Red Bluff Round-Up Association, staff of Emeritus at Lassen House and the staff of St. Elizabeth Hospice for all of their support during this time. Per George's wishes there will be a private family service on Friday, May 16 2014 at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of his life at the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. If you are a Giants fan please wear your hat in George's honor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum, 670 Antelope Blvd. Ste 2, Red Bluff, CA 96080 or the St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1425 Vista Way, Red Bluff, CA 96080.
Published in Daily News from May 10 to May 13, 2014