LOGAN, UTAH: George Fife Wilkinson, 90, passed away in Logan on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. He was surrounded by family while enjoying a cup of chocolate ice cream. George was born in Logan, Utah, on Oct. 30, 1922, to George M. and Maude "Myrle" Fife Wilkinson.
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George grew up in Logan, the son of a prominent business family. He spent many hours learning the ins and outs of the stationary business; however, he spent his summers in Lava Hot Springs where his grandfather and uncle owned a mechanic business. In Lava, George became an avid "gearhead" beginning a lifetime fascination of cars and motorcycles.
George married his high school sweetheart, Elaine D. Evans, on April 10, 1942, in the Logan LDS Temple. At the time he was working as an aviation mechanic at Hill Field in Ogden. In September 1943, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy and due to his skills as an aviation mechanic he was sent to Sand Point, Wash., where he was attached to a fighter wing. George used to say. "The pilots broke 'em, and we fixed 'em back up." George was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on Jan. 19, 1946.
George spent the rest of his life in Logan. He owned and operated the family business; Wilkinson and Sons. George served as a president of the Logan chapter of the Rotary Club and Toastmasters. He was also a longtime member of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. After retirement, George and Elaine traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and several European and Central American countries. They also enjoyed many summer days relaxing at their cabin in Logan Canyon. George lost Elaine in 1998 after she battled cancer and Alzheimer's.
On Aug. 17, 2001, George married Cloteel "Chris" Larsen. He and Chris loved to spend their time traveling and being surrounded by friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Chris; and children Robert "Bob" and Nancy Wilkinson of Logan, Diane Wilkinson of Logan, Lynn Wilkinson of San Francisco, Calif., Jeff and Carolyn Larsen, Kathy and Rulon Jones, Terri and Steve DeJohn and Kristi and Russ Paulson. George was preceded in death by his parents, brother William "Bill," sister-in-law Grace Wilkinson, sister Margaret (Garr) Thompson of Portland, Ore., and daughter-in-law Sherry Hicks Wilkinson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St in Logan. There will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow with military honors in the Logan City Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.allenmortuaries.net.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2013