George Hulak(1950 - 2014)

George Hulak
September 3, 1950 ~ February 24, 2014

SAN?DIEGO, CA – George Hulak was born on September 3, 1950 in Munich, Germany to Anton and Martha Hulak. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1951, settling in Chicago where he obtained U.S. citizenship in 1964. He leaves his wife, Nancy; three sons: William David Hulak and his wife, Stacy; Steven Hulak; Richard Ramos and his wife, Heather; and one daughter, Trini Ramos. He is also survived by his mother, Martha and brother, William. And he also leaves 10 grandchildren: Tim, Justin, Jennifer, Elizabeth, John, Emmett and Vivian Hulak and Breana, Josiah, and Cayden Ramos; and nephew, Michael Hulak and niece, Trisha Hulak.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1988. He had a myriad of assignments, from Amphibious Crewman on Amtraks, to Translator and Interrogator. He served in Vietnam as a Section Leader and was assigned to Interrogation and Translation Teams at Camp Pendleton. He was multi-lingual, with Ukrainian being his first language and English his second. He studied Chinese and French at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. Upon completion of French he served on the USS Fairfax County as the Intel/Linguist travelling to West Africa. After completing Chinese, he served as translator for the Taiwanese military. He was on the Course Development team at DLI, creating language material for Army and Marine interrogators. He was transferred to MCAS El Toro as the imagery officer for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing where he retired in July 1988.
In 1994 he was hired as a civilian with the Air Force as an Intelligence Specialist in northern Virginia. He moved to San Diego in 1997 when Nancy was transferred with SPAWAR and took a Security Specialist position with the Navy's Fleet Information Warfare Command. In 2000 he was reassigned to the Navy Special Warfare Command as Special Security Officer, where he worked until his untimely death from lymphoma on February 24, 2014.
George was active in his church and in the Walk to Emmaus community. He touched many lives and all who knew him loved him and his gentle ways, his easy-going personality, and will miss his hugs.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation for the George Hulak Scholarship fund to: San Diego Walk to Emmaus, P.O. Box 502385, San Diego, CA 92199-2385. Donations may also be made to Hope UMC, 16550 Bernardo Heights Pkwy., San Diego, CA 92128, for the Storefront Shelter for homeless teens.
A Celebration of George's life will be held at Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00am, with interment to follow at Mission Memorial Park, Seaside, CA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 2:00pm.

Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 11, 2014