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George T. Turner


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George T. Turner

Fort Collins - George T. Turner, age 103, of Fort Collins passed away on May 17, 2018, in Fort Colorado. George was born October 3, 1914 in Kimberly, ID, the son of Wm Henry Turner and Cynthia Toalson Turner. He was raised on a farm in Kimberly working with horses, plowing crops, hiking to Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, and driving the families Model T Ford camping and fishing in the Stanley Basin. He enjoyed the outdoors at an early age. He received a Bachelor's degree in Forestry at the University of Idaho in 1936, and Master's degree in Forestry from the New York State College at Syracuse, N.Y. in 1938. Mr. Turner worked for the U.S. Forest Service in CO for 34 years. Early in his career in Fort Collins he met his future wife at a boarding house on Magnolia St. George and Rita Mae Dollison of Julesburg, Co, were married on October 11, 1941, near Chappell, Nebraska. Shortly after they were married George served in the U.S. Army during WWII, stationed in the South Pacific at Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal with the Medical Corp from 1943-1945. George returned to Colorado and continued working with the U.S. Forestry Service in Manitou Springs, Experimental Central Plains in Pawnee National Grassland, Delta (Black Mesa), Grand Junction, and returning to Fort Collins in 1961 to the Rocky Mountain Research Station on the CSU campus. Many of his articles were published in national journals. George was a member of Sigma XI, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Scientific Research and Range Management Society, and several other professional groups. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. After retiring in 1976, he and his wife visited many foreign countries. George enjoyed genealogy, history, antiques, classical music, bridge, growing roses and trees in his yard. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow and succeed at their endeavors.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, his parents, and three older sisters. Survivors include one son, Daniel Turner (Jan) of Fort Collins, one daughter, Shirley Blair (Ken) of Gunnison, Colorado and four grandchildren: David Blair (Laura) of Georgetown, TX, Steve Blair (Myriah) Blair of Eagle, Co, Anna Turner of Fort Collins, Zach Turner of Virginia, and six great grandchildren: Joslin, Cole, Samantha, Ty, Tyler, and Dylan. George lived an active, adventurous, full life for 103 years! A private celebration of life will take place at a later date. To view the obituary online, send condolences, or share a favorite memory, please visit www.resthavencolorado.com.
Published in The Coloradoan from May 22 to May 23, 2018
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