George Allen Drennan, born March 2, 1943, in Alameda, California, eldest son of William Alvin Drennan and Evelyn Virginia (Drennan) Pletcher, and brother of John, Jim, Dave, Bill, Mike and Mark Drennan, died unexpectedly on January 23, 2016, of natural causes, at his home in Eagle, Idaho. George was pre-deceased by his parents and his brothers John and Mark. Though single when he died, George was married for many years to his high school sweetheart, Carol Winn, and they had two sons, Scott and Mark. He had no other children. George is survived by his remaining brothers, his two sons and Scott's children, Michelle, Sean and Christopher.
George grew up in Oildale, California, attending Beardsley Elementary and Junior High School. He graduated from North High School in 1961, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. Along with being a good athlete, he was a very good student, majoring in math. George was known for his engaging personality and unique sense of humor. Indeed, he was named Best Personality by his graduating class, which also honored him earlier in the year by choosing him as Senior Class President.
George attended Bakersfield Jr. College, where he studied engineering - and quarterbacked the BC football team. After a couple years at BC, he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. George then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received a Master of Science in that field.
After university life, George was hired by Hewlett Packard, moved his family to company headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, where he began what would become a 30+ year career with HP. After 10+ years at the Palo Alto office, George transferred with a small "frontier" group of HP engineers to Eagle, ID to expand HP's new offices and manufacturing site. George spent his last 20+ years with HP at the Eagle facility, except for a 2-year stint at HP's printer division in Guadalajara, Mexico. While at HP, George was credited with developing new company patents. He also was involved with HP's expansion, contributing leading work on tiny disc drives and HP's collaboration with Corning Glass. George retired from HP in 2000, after 33 years.
After retiring from HP, George continued to be active in sports, including baseball/softball, both playing and coaching, as well as skiing in Idaho. He loved his large-scale, back-yard gardening of edibles and flowers. He also enjoyed renovating his original Eagle home, and later building five condos in the area. And George was always a collector of assorted items, a fine photographer, and an occasional golfer - with a very memorable swing.
Though a bit shy and soft spoken, George was an intense competitor. He developed many lasting friendships during his lifetime. His quick wit and engaging humor were unique traits that charmed his friends. Many of his closest personal friendships began in his early school years and continued for the rest of his life. George also had close connections with his HP friends, with whom he enjoyed travel, outdoor activities and many happy times. Hallmarks of George's life were not only a successful career, but his desire to stay in touch with many enduring friendships that were his good fortune. George had a positive influence on many and was endeared by those whose lives he touched, including his six younger brothers, for whom George was unquestionably the one who set the standard. Indeed, thanks to George, during his senior year at North High, the Drennan family received the honor of having the 1961 yearbook dedicated to "the ideal of the American Family".
George will be interred next to the graves of his parents and his brothers John and Mark at Greenlawn Cemetery in Bakersfield (3700 River Blvd.). A memorial for family members and close friends will be held Saturday, 1/30/16, at 11:00 a.m., at the gravesite.
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