John Wayne George
1958 ~ 2013
The world is now short one more hero. A symbol of strength, vitality and fortitude, John was a pillar in his family and community. Whether it was coaching, photography, fund-raising, or supporting his wife and family, he excelled in every avenue.
John was born to Theodore Eugene George, US Navy Seal, and Jacqueline Delores Kunzie on June 4, 1958 in San Diego, California. The long-haired, California boy moved to Greenville, Ohio where he played football and graduated high school in 1976.
Upon graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force where he served as an MP in Knob Noster, Missouri until 1981.
John was a lover of life and all things beautiful. He enjoyed food, music, photography, and travel, and he relished a hard days work. He could fix anything, build anything, cook anything, and learn any new skill or hobby with great ease. He was witty, smart, handsome, and anyone who encountered him felt an instant friendship. He loved his family deeply and was always at the ready to advocate for them. His laugh was contagious and when you were in his presence, you shared in his invincibility, and felt love and protection.
He never sat on the sidelines. His fearless perseverance and generous vitality echoed throughout all the sates of his life, right up to the very end.
John crossed his final goal line on Monday, July 22nd at 12:30 a.m. in his home, surrounded by family and friends who accompanied his passing with beautiful stories of triumph, laughter, and love. The soundtrack of his life will forever be played in the hearts of all those who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Terry George of Meridian, Idaho; his sons: Daniel Plaat of Magna, Utah; Matthew Schiedel of Eagle, Idaho; and John Dillan George of Meridian, Idaho; His daughters: Candessa (George) Williams of Cameron, Missouri; Regina Chanel (George) Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Alyssa (George) Vrbka of Battle Mountain, Nevada; his sisters Jamie Murphy of Canton, Ohio and Laura Coleman of Traunik, Michigan; his cousin Todd Reveles of Placentia, California, eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Many thanks to Dr. Kreisle and the MSTI Oncology and Hospice staff at St. Luke's Hospital. Contributions in memory of John may be made to St. Luke's MSTI, 100 East Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83712. A memorial celebration in honor of John's life will be Saturday, August 24, 3pm at the family residence. Family & friends are welcome.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, 2013