Marvin "George" Cross Jr., 90, a resident of the Macdoel community, died on his way to the hospital following a heart attack at his home.
Private cremation rites have been held at Eternal Hills Crematory. A celebration of life service will be held in May.
George was born on May 15, 1922, in Lakeview, Ore., to the late Marvin George and Cassie Weaver Cross.
He was raised and educated in Bly and Malin, having graduated from Tulelake High School in 1940. Among his personal achievements, he was California State champion of the mile run in 1940.
Following his education, he joined the U.S. Navy
in November 1942 and served until January 1946. He worked with his uncle for a short time. George, his brother and father worked in the potato industry in the Tulelake area.
He was united in marriage to Barbara Elliott on Dec. 13, 1986, in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Chapel of the Fountains and celebrated 26 years of life together and combining two families as one.
Among his personal interests, he enjoyed bull riding and watching rodeos in person and on TV. He also collected rodeo paraphernalia.
He moved to Butte Valley on his own ranch, where he raised alfalfa and cattle for almost 60 years. He loved working on the ranch and being outdoors with the animals.
George was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mattie Green and Billy Musick.
Survivors include his wife Barbara of the family home, daughter and son-in-law Judy and Bud Savage, step-children Rhonda and Berry Kessinger, Brenda and John Klimek, Andy Owings, and Ronnie and Yvonne Owings, brother and sister-in-law John and Virginia Cross, 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Services are entrusted to Eternal Hills Funeral Home.