George A. Call, 70, of Los Osos passed away peacefully during the early morning hours Tuesday, July 9, 2013, with his family close to his bedside. He was born in Los Angeles to Albert H. Call and Vivian V. Larson Call, a third generation California Native. At age 17, George enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in November 1965 after four years of service. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal after the Cuban Crisis. George spent 35 years with the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company as an insurance agent, general agent and financial consultant in the Orange County area. He moved to Los Osos in 1995 and commuted back and forth weekly to his office and clients in Orange County. After 35 years of service, he retired. George was an avid fisherman and taught his grandchildren the finer points of fly fishing (his favorite). He also loved bird hunting and again, taught his sons and grandkids the rules and regulations of shooting a gun, as well as how to skin and cook the birds they shot. His favorite spot to hunt was in Mott, N.D., where he would drive every October for pheasant hunting season with friends and family and his beautiful well-trained bird dogs. One can not forget his prowess on the golf course. This was another sport he taught his boys and cousin Frank's boys. He always reminded them that golf is a "gentleman's sport." Cooking was a favorite hobby and George, who loved being with friends and family, would have many parties to celebrate special occasions and enjoy his gourmet meals. He loved to travel ... by trains, planes automobiles, cruise liners and barges. He saw much of the world and made many wonderful memories. George is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bunky; three children Timothy (Sarah), James (Vanessa) and Heather Belling (Dirk); and two daughters by his current marriage Tina Devlin and Trista Fishel (Jason). He numbered his grandchildren at eight, Miquela, Larson, Chandler, Rowan, Bradley, Taylor, Jack and Kiana. He will be sorely missed by each and every one. Additional family members, who will greatly feel his absence, are his sister, Carol Claypool and her children and grandchildren; as well as his cousin, Frank Merrill (Kay) and his children Brian (Shanna), Michael and Stuart. He was predeceased by his parents. In accordance with his wishes, George has been cremated. He asked that no service, memorial or celebration of his life be held. Perhaps a prayer of thanks for our having been able to share his life would be more in line with his desires.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 4, 2013