Age 86, died unexpectedly at home in Goleta of natural causes on December 25, 2013. He fully achieved his mission to remain self-sufficient, and he did so with composure and resilience.
George was born August 18, 1927 in Dickinson, ND. He was the ninth of 10 brothers and sisters, all of whom predeceased him but who left him an engaging family of 35 surviving nieces and nephews, most of whom are in the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.
Service in the US Army from 1950-52 took George to Germany. Working in the trades in his early years, he settled on carpentry and moved to Santa Barbara in 1957. George spent most of his career with the J. W. Bailey Construction Company, receiving special commendations for his work on projects including the UCSB Food Service Facility, Arroyo Burro Beach Park improvements, and the BirnamWood community. He belonged to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, attaining his 50-year membership award in 2003.
George's life was lit up by Barbara Olson Lupton, whom he married in 1964. At that time, George became stepfather to teen-aged Brian Lupton who passed away in 1977. Barbara's and George's married years were highlighted with laughter, cocktail parties, holiday celebrations, card games, and many trips to the Caribbean and Hawaii. Enjoyment of life was their mutual joy until Barbara's passing in 1999. More recently, George enjoyed home improvement projects and tending his yard, especially his massive avocado trees.
George's quiet nature sometimes belied his love of humor, his deep concern for the people close to him, and his perseverance. His family and friends miss him greatly and will gather later this year to remember, to laugh, and to distribute his ashes. The family can be reached at GeorgeF0818@gmail.com.