Jack C. George (1922 - 2018)

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Jack C. George, 95 passed away peacefully March 6, 2018 at the home of his son John and daughter-in-law Patty, in Juneau, Alaska. He was born in Riverside, California, on May 26, 1922, to Earl and Edith (Crumpacker) George. The family moved to the Ontario, CA area about 1927.

Jack met his future wife, Arlene L. Waters, when they were 12 years old. They started going steady when they were 15 or 16 and were married after Jack graduated from high school in 1941.

Jack entered military service in 1942. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps and became a B-24 bomber pilot in the 15th Air Force. During the war he flew 27 missions out of Italy.

After the war, Jack and Arlene built an adobe house in Montclair, CA, became active community members and raised two children. In 1962 he opened Jack C George Insurance Agency. He was a charter member of the Montclair Kiwanis Club serving as President in 1957. He served as president of the water board for 17 years and in 1980 the George Reservoir was dedicated to Jack and his father Earl.

In 1996, Jack and Arlene moved to Rancho Mirage, CA and joined the Sunrise Country Club where they loved playing golf, tennis and bridge. Jack was a founding member of the Old Bold Pilots, which began in 1996 as a group of about ten former pilots who met for breakfast once a month to talk about flying. The social group has grown to more than 400 former aviators.

In 2013 after 72 years of marriage, Jack's beloved wife Arlene passed away and Jack moved to Juneau to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Jack embraced the opportunities for adventure that life in Alaska provided. He went salmon and halibut fishing. At age 92 and 93, he piloted a small plane with a local pilot who was honored to fly with a World War II veteran. Jack spent many days, sitting in his favorite chair in the bay window of his son's house watching the activities in Auke Bay with his binoculars, his aviator sunglasses, a tide table, many family photos and his collection of WWII books nearby.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Sagehorn of Santa Rosa, California; his son John (Patty) George, his daughter Dee (Steve) Seitel of Bozeman, Montana; grandchildren Tom (Ann) Seitel and Julie (George Aitken) Seitel of Bozeman, John (April) George of Fairbanks, Alaska and Susanna (Ross) Morgan of Ft. Collins, Colorado, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his sister Lucille Hutchison.

The family wants to acknowledge the excellent care provided by Dr. Standerwick and SE Medical Clinic staff, Hospice and Homecare, Dr. Messerschmidt, Alyssa and Aurora Chiropractic Center staff and Pop's caregivers Virginia and Julie.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 28 to Apr. 27, 2018
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