George, most commonly known as "Cooch", was born to Greek immigrant parents, Georgia and Peter Vasion in Lincoln, Calif., and only left his beloved hometown on vacations and when he was deployed to Korea for the US Army's 24th Infantry Division. He was the seventh of eight children, but was always the first to say he was the youngest. He passed peacefully on April 16, 2014.
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Coming in a close second to the love he had for his family was George's love of football. He was selected as a member of the Lincoln High School team of the decade, and was always happy to relive football memories. George dedicated several years to the Sierra College football program and worked with the San Francisco 49ers during their summer workout camps during the 1990's. He was proud to be a part of the Sierra College program, but far above he was most proud of his work with the Lincoln High School Football team. Retiring at least twice, he was never far from the Fighting Zebra football field. He inspired countless High School players and brought a special sarcasm to all the games and practices. He loved them all like his own children and was always there for encouragement or a kick in the butt if that's what was needed.
Any who knew George will remember his humor first and his generosity of heart second. His day was not complete without making pretty girls smile, and all girls were pretty in his eyes.
George was preceded in death by his loving parents: Peter and Georgia Vasion, his beautiful wife Peggy Vasion and siblings: Dora (Chris), Louie (Mickey), Meme (B.L.), Tau (Mark), Daniel (Dorothy-living) and Marceline. George is survived by his twin sister Stella (Odell), sons: Lou (Melody), Jeff, Kevin (Colleen), his grandchildren: Miranda (Matthew), Jasmine, Alexander, Benjamin, Adam, Kevin, Tyler (Camille), Christopher, his great grandchildren: Zachary, Andrew, Sydney and had one more great grandson on the way.
Family, Friends, and all Lincoln High School Football enthusiasts are invited to Funeral Services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints May 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 252 O Street in Lincoln, Calif. Graveside services will be after at Lincoln Cemetery on First Street by the VFW Post. Everyone is invited to share memories and laughs in George's honor back at the Church after graveside services.
Published in Auburn Journal from May 8 to June 7, 2014