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George P. Stearns

"Ol George" passed away December 11, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, suffering a heart attack while on his morning walk. George was 17 days short of his 90th birthday. He went quickly and didn't suffer. The truth is, George's heart was broken a few years earlier when the love of his life, Beth, preceded him. George is survived by his sister Dorothy Hurley, his sons Stan, Bob, and Tom, his grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.

George was born in San Diego December 28, 1924. His family moved to San Francisco when he was young, and George had many fond memories of the City. The family eventually moved back to Los Angeles, and George attended Loyola High School (was kicked out for misbehaving) and LA High School. It was at LA High School where George met many of his lifelong friends. George joined the Navy and spent time in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his discharge, he entered USC and eventually graduated, with help from a few of his Phi Psi fraternity buddies. It was at USC that he met his wife, Beth Lucille Pingree.

George was ever the romantic, and lived a rich life. He and Beth and a small crew sailed a small boat from Hawaii to the mainland just after marriage. Penniless, they moved to Mexico and farmed for a couple of years. Once returning to the states, George started a business (Engineered Industrial Products), and eventually settled in Palos Verdes. Once the kids had grown, George and Beth moved to the Coachella Valley, built a home in La Quinta, and farmed lemons and dates. His sons and their families, relatives and his life-long friends would all come for wonderful visits to the ranch where George and Beth would entertain them. George often said the happiest days of his life were spent farming in the desert.

George was a private pilot, and the family flew together to exotic locals such as Alaska and Mexico City. George was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing in Alaska and Baja California. He and Beth traveled the world. George was the life of the party, and was never without a timely joke or two. Most of all, he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

A life celebration will be held on December 28 at 2:00 pm. For information, please contact Bob Stearns at 714-904-5235. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 21, 2014
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