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George Esson Fish

The "Greatest Generation" lost another member with the recent passing of George Esson Fish on July 25, 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee. George was born to Dr. Charles C. and Dora Fish in Miami, Florida, on October 27, 1928. He was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, graduating from Leon High School and then studying postgraduate at the Bolles Military Academy. Following Bolles, George volunteered for the U.S. Army and went through infantry basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He then signed up for duty in the All-American 82nd Airborne Division, earning his jump wings at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was selected to Honor Guard service for fallen World War II veterans returning from European Theatre operations. After an honorable discharge, George enrolled at the Missouri School of Mines on the G.I. bill where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, graduating with a degree in geological engineering in 1952. Fresh out of college, George went to work for the Pure Oil Company as a geologist and in 1953 married the love of his life, Margaret Minor, of Ft. Worth, Texas. They settled in Midland, Texas, to raise their family in 1962. The next year, George had the distinction of being the geologist in charge of the then-deepest producing gas well in the world in the Gomez field of Pecos County. He retired from Unocal in 1988 after 36 years of service. During retirement, George spent his days being a full-time grandfather, Sunday school teacher, as well as assisting others making the transition from this world to the next as a Hospice volunteer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margie McGarigle Licon; and, his loving wife of 46 years, Margaret. He is survived by his three children, Kym Fish-Voytovich and husband Tom of Houston, Texas, Charles Kevin Fish of Fort Clark Springs, Texas, and Kelly E. Fish and wife Kathy of Memphis, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Kelsey Voytovich of Houston, Texas, Keely Voytovich of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Heather Fish of Abilene, Texas, and Adele Fish of Memphis, Tennessee; a step-granddaughter, Kerry Jackson of Memphis, Tennessee; two nieces, Maureen Reynolds and Linda Wiley of Concord, California. George will be laid to rest next to his wife Margaret with graveside services set for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Floral Haven Cemetery, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Memorial donations in memory of George may be made to Saint Francis Hospice, 6600 South Yale Avenue, Suite 350 Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74136, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 31, 2014
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