George McMichael Anderson(1955 - 2013)

George McMichael Anderson 1955 - 2013 George McMichael Anderson passed away in Bakersfield, CA, on July 9, 2013.  George was born in Houston, TX, on September 9, 1955.  He was the first of four beloved sons of Gordon and Delores Anderson.   At the age of 14, his family relocated to Missoula, MT, where he graduated from Sentinel High School in 1973.  George attended college in his adopted home state of California, earning a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Pepperdine University and a Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California.  Staying true to his oilfield heritage, he went to work for Chevron as a Production Engineer.  George would devote his entire oilfield career to the reservoirs of central California (retiring in 2009), and he would devote his entire heart to the woman he found there, his wife and best friend, Brenda Anderson.  The two were married on June 17, 1989, and they enjoyed the next 24 years exploring the world together.  George and Brenda were prolific travelers, and their favorite mode of discovery was the deck of a cruise ship.  Their many ports-of-call included Russia, China, Antarctica, Australia, South America, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and many other exciting destinations.  George and Brenda could disappear for months at a time, returning with fantastic tales and plans for a new adventure. George had many hobbies through the years.  As a young boy growing up in Houston, George first revealed his lifelong passion for horsepower and fast cars by racing around the neighborhood streets in his gas powered go-cart.  As a teenager, George loved to wrench on his black Camaro, which he built to "blow the doors off" of anyone foolish enough to race him across the Higgins Street bridge in Missoula.  Ironically, years later he would blow the doors off his own 8-second dragster when the supercharger exploded on a quarter-mile run in Bakersfield, CA.  Other exciting hobbies included scuba diving, radio controlled airplanes, personal computers, and firearms. George appreciated the slow lane too. He was an expert at growing beautiful orchids, and he tended to them with great care.  He and Brenda loved to knit together, and many of his creations were gifted to family, friends, and newborns in the maternity ward.  He won several blue ribbons at the Bakersfield Fair for his biscuits and knitting.  He was a student of the earth, and he always enjoyed explaining the geology of our physical world. He was an avid reader and volunteered at the Bakersfield library.  Politically, George was very conservative, and he would gladly share his opinion with you on any state or national issue.  George also enjoyed shooting, and he was a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.   George and Brenda's babies were their three dogs: Dani, Cissi, and Dinky.  He loved them very much. George is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Brenda Anderson.  She is the confidant he always needed, and the best friend he ever had.  He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Kim Rocha (husband Joe); grandchildren, Anthony and Simone; father-in-law, Raymond Chevalier; brother-in-law, John Boumila; brothers, Gordy (wife Donna with Kate, Doug, Jacquie, Allison, Corinne), Eddy (wife Marge with Michelle, Denise, Alan) and Jim (Kayla, Victoria, Parker).  George was preceded in death by both parents. A memorial service for George will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 12:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Building A, Bakersfield, CA 93313.  A reception and lunch buffet will follow at Hodel's, 5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA, 93308. Memorials may be made to a . For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest www.bakersfield.com/obits

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 4, 2013