George Vickerman SEWELL

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SEWELL, George Vickerman (Age 88) George was born April 12, 1926, in Newport WA, to Harold Arthur and Grace Vickerman Sewell, the third of five children. He passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014, in Cambria, CA. George grew up in and attended Newport schools, where he lettered in sports, graduated with honors and was his class' co-salutatorian. George attended the Navy ROTC at the University of Minnesota during World War II. For several years after, George was a math teacher in Sebastopol, CA and in 1951 began his 33-year career as a programmer for IBM. He lived in Saratoga, CA for many years and it was there he met and married his wife of 25 years, Marjorie. In 2004, George and Marj moved to Cambria, CA. George had many passions in life, including photography, astronomy, dancing, and travelling. In 12 short years, he and Marj visited China, Russia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and even Antarctica. His biggest passion was photography. It was a rare sight to see him without a camera draped around his neck. He drove across the United States many times enjoying the countryside and on family vacations, extended the drives by stopping to photograph scenery. Later on, he would disappear on backpacking trips, just to photograph the spring run-off in various parts of the western U.S. For years he belonged to the Saratoga Camera Club, The Sierra Club and various square dancing clubs. He also loved singing, hiking, back- packing, camping and swimming. He cherished his time at Diamond Lake at the family cabin. His second great passion was for astronomy and was blessed to spend his last night on earth watching the lunar eclipse. George is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marj; his sister Martha Oien (James) of Issaquah, WA; his three children, Phil (Maria) of Goleta, CA, Jackie Klimowski (Mike) of Spokane, WA and Tom (Charmen) of Mill Creek, WA; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grand-children and 1 great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim; sisters Grace and Win; and the mother of his children, Betty Lazaga Sewell. A memorial will be held June 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 430 W 3rd Street, Newport, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Christ or a .

Published in Spokesman-Review on June 15, 2014
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