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George Jacob Pastre Jr.

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PASTRE-George Jacob Pastre, Jr., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family, Friday December 12, 2008. George was born December 14, 1925, in Fredericksburg, Virginia and moved shortly thereafter to Pasadena with his parents, George Sr. and Ruth Pastre, and sister Evelyn. He attended local schools including Eliot Junior High and Pasadena JC. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps, where he began his football career with the Skymasters. Following his military service he continued his athletics at UCLA, where he was a four year football letterman and shot-putter for the track team. His experience included competing in the 1947 Rose Bowl, the 1950 Hula Bowl and playi ng during the Red Sanders era. He graduated in 1950, and remained a dedicated Bruin throughout his life. While attending UCLA he met and married his wife of 59 years, Rachel. He and Rachel returned to Pasadena where they raised their family and he began his career in sales, which ideally suited his gifts of enthusiasm, engaging sense of humor, optimism, and instantly likeable and disarming nature. In the late 70's, he opened the local nursery, Present Perfect, where he personified the spirit of the holid ay during the Christmas tree season. George is pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Rachel, who passed away March 3, 2007. He is survived by his sister Evelyn Ross (Bill), and children Larry Pastre (Gioia), Laura Jacobs (Rick), Patty Zuber (Bob), and Peter Pastre (Katherine). He made a significant impact on each of his eleven grandchildren, Charlie, Claire, Marcie, Kirk, Jessica, Michelle, Casey, Brian, Alec, John and Laura. As a parent and grandparent, he set an extraordinary example for sport, power of po sitive thinking, zest for life and the value of life-long connections. George also leaves behind dear friends from junior high school, college, sports, business and the community. On January 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., a memorial service will be held at San Marino Community Church, 1750 Virginia Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Sanders Single Winger Fund; checks payable to UCLA Foundation-Fund #815430 andmailed to UCLA Athletics, Att: Neema Barbod, P.O. Box 24044, Los Angeles, CA 900 24-0044 or to Villa Esperanza Services, 2060 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91107.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Dec. 19, 2008
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