George Stevens Jr.

  • "Dear George, We shared a lot; including laughter and..."
    - Judith Camp
  • "Miss you Dad. Xoxoxosss Stephie"
  • "Requiescat In Pace."
    - Ezio Auditore Da Firenze
  • "We called him 'Little George' He was my cousin, and his Dad..."
    - Perri Parmenter - Lajoie
  • "George was allways smiling. He was just pleasant to be..."
    - Dan Henry

Former Anchorage resident, George Donald Stevens, Jr., 68, died Feb. 1, 2011, at the Marley House Hospice in Prescott, Ariz.

George was born Aug. 10, 1942, in Rock Springs, Wyo., and as a young child with his parents and brother, moved to Alaska, where his father, George Sr., worked for the railroad.

He graduated from West High School in 1959. Shortly after, he joined the Naval Armed Forces and served aboard the USS Princeton as a fire control technician until honorably discharged Oct. 1, 1965.

George settled in Oregon, owning several businesses, primarily in floor covering. He returned to Anchorage in 1975, working in the construction industry. He was the general contractor for the walkways at Potter Marsh and a major remodel of the Hotel Captain Cook in 1986. He also worked as a subcontractor on the venue now known as Sullivan Arena, ironically built on the site of Builder's Wholesale, a very successful cabinet and floor covering business that George, with friend Gary Golay, started in 1976. An electrical fire in the winter of 1978 destroyed the company warehouse and offices.

In 1987, George moved to Arizona, then to Texas. He returned to Alaska in 1993, working for the University of Alaska as contract manager in the UAA Facilities Project Services Office. He retired in 2004, eventually settling in the small historical mining town of Mayer, Ariz., where he built his dream home.

George loved Corvettes, fishing and playing cards. He was an avid western movie fan and memorabilia collector. His biggest passion was construction. As soon as he finished a project he would find a reason to start another!

Tough as they come, he never backed down. His strength and kindness were evident in everything he took on. To his daughter, he was her "hero." To his wife, he was her best friend and soul mate, and she will miss him forever.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and David Zeller of Tucson Ariz.; brother, Frank Stevens of Eagle River; son-in-law, Lawrence Mosbach of Chandler, Ariz.; grandchildren, Hunter and Jacob Mosbach of Chandler; stepson, Rob Vaughn of Mesa, Ariz.; a son, daughter and grandchildren of Washington; and his treasured friend of nearly 40 years, Judith Camp of Oak Point, Texas.

George was preceded in death by his younger sister, Judy.

Burial will be Monday at the National VA Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2011