1921 ~ 2012|
George Eccles Caine (Ecc) passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the age 90 .
Born July 28, 1921, in Logan, Utah, he was the son of George Ballif Caine and Marie Stoddard Eccles. His Grandparents were John T. Caine, Jr. and Kinnie Ballif Caine, and David Eccles and Ellen Stoddard Eccles. George spent his youth in Logan, Utah where his father was a professor and head of the Dairy Department at Utah State University. His mother was a patron of the arts. Ecc always said he got a head start on his life and adventures by attending the Whittier School where his aunt, Emma Eccles Jones, was his kindergarten teacher. As a boy in 1937, George attended the first Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in Washington, D.C. with Troop 105. As a young man Georges parents sent him away for a several summers to Baker, Oregon to work at the Stoddard lumber mill. While there, he learned to fell trees the old fashioned way, with a cross cut saw and an axe. These skills would serve him well later in life. George graduated from Logan High School and received a degree in Political Science from Utah State University in 1943 where he had been an active member of ROTC, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and a member of the swim team. Always, a True Blue Aggie.
Later in 1943 George was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army where he served in the Infantry until 1945 when he was honorably discharged. He met and married Carolyn Moore (Caine) of Berkley, California. The couple moved to New York where George attended and graduated from Columbia University, with his M.B.A. in Banking and Finance. The couple had three children and later divorced.
After graduation, George returned to Utah where he started his career with the First Security Bank, N.A. where he eventually became a Vice President serving as a Commercial Loan Officer and Manager of the Salt Lake Division Credit Department. His other duties while at the bank included membership in the Intermountain Association of Credit Men, where he served as a board member and President. He also was a member of the Robert Morris Association, later becoming president of that organization; George remained with First Security Bank, N.A. until he retired in 1974.
His civic activities included Salt Lake Area United Fund, Chamber of Commerce Activity Fund, and Financial Advisory Committee for Salt Lake Art Center. He spent 14 years as Director of the Salt Lake County Chapter American Red Cross and three years as State Fund Chairman for the American Red Cross.
A quiet, thoughtful and frequently anonymous philanthropist, he gave generously to his alma mater Utah State University, the University of Utah, the University of Utah Medical Center, and many other worthy causes. He took special joy in assisting with the acquisition of a rare violin by Niccolo' Amati, Cremona c. 1650 for a truly special and talented artist. Students just starting out and those in higher education often found their tuition expenses anonymously covered by George. He was a member of the Utah State Old Main Society.
Georges' favorite place on earth was his summer cabin on the shores of Hebgen Lake, Montana. From the age 11 he spent his summers there. For many years he would commute on weekends via airplane, train, and especially in his beloved 1959 Porsche Cabriolet. He truly loved the view from the front porch where he would often sit and contemplate the many moods of Hebgen cocktail in hand. He loved to sail his Sunfish on the waters of Hebgen where few could match his skills as a sailor.
Married Annette Oman; they had two children and were later divorced
George was a passionate lover of Jazz music with a phenomenal collection of LP's and CD's. He would often weave lyrics from his favorite Jazz classics into his conversations with others. He attended concerts and recitals of many legendary Jazz and Classical performing artists. . His love of symphony and opera continued though out his entire life. He was a season ticket holder to the Utah Symphony for over 50 years.
After retirement, George pursued several diversified business interests. In 1988, he helped develop and was granted the first of five foreign and domestic patents for the formulation of cementacious materials. Experimenting with, and improving these processes, working with professors at the University of Utah Chemical Engineering Department, Magstone would be one of his great passions for the rest of his life.
In January 1992, after many years of friendship, George married Linda M. Fontenot, of Salt Lake City, Utah, in Jamestown, Barbados, West Indies. They would spend the next twenty years pursing their many amazing adventures together including, travel to New York to attend the Opera, fun road trips, traveling throughout Europe, and chasing the sun during the winter months in the Caribbean, Tahiti and Palm Desert. They would also spend their summers at Hebgen Lake, where they would have to rebuild their cabin after a devastating fire in 1993. George found great humor in giving his wife gifts of chainsaws, belt sanders, cordless drills, and lumberjack chaps for Christmas and her birthday.
George is survived by his wife Linda M. Fontenot, sister Manon Caine Russell (Dan) of Logan, Utah. His five children, Lynda Marie (Bozeman, MT), George Eccles Jr. aka Ti (Sherman Oaks, CA), Lisa (Mitchell E Welch) (Pacific Palisades CA), Jennifer Caine (Salt Lake City, UT), and Darin Oman Caine (Park City, UT) ,his five grandchildren (Rachael, Tatiana, Devyn, Joshua, and Oliver). Preceded in death by his sister, Kathryn Caine Wanlass of Logan, Utah.
Linda expresses gratitude to Dr. Thomas H. Caine, the University of Utah Medical Center, and many fine Doctors and staff who cared for George over the years. Many thanks go to Estilita Hart for her devoted service in helping Linda care for George and special thanks to Charles Ellis and his family for their years of friendship and assistance to both George and Linda in Salt Lake and Montana.
If so desired, Tributes or Memorials may be made in his honor to the following: Utah State University, The Caine College of the Arts or Utah State University, College of Agriculture, Dairy Science Department. Mailing address: USU, Advancement Office, 1440 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT, 84322, or the
His ashes will be taken to Montana. A celebration of his life will be held during the coming summer.
His delightful sense of humor will be greatly missed, the ability to tell a joke or a story makes all of us still laugh.
"…this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath…" -Gary Paulsen, Caught by the sea: My Life on Boats.
Published in Deseret News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2012