George Arthur Oakes
1937 - 2015
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George Arthur Oakes
George Arthur Oakes returned home to his Father in Heaven on Sunday, January 11, 2015. He was born February 12, 1937, to Gladys Marie Lininger and Philip Byron Oakes in Inglewood, California. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1955 where he was a three year letterman in football and baseball. He joined the LDS Church at 19 years of age and served a mission in Brazil from 1958-1961. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Nellie Hubbert on September 21, 1961 and recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. George graduated from Cal State University-Los Angeles and then from USC Law School. He had a great career as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County and later was a partner in a private litigation firm in Pasadena, CA. George Oakes devoted life-long service to the LDS Church as a Bishop, High Councilman, Stake Presidency counselor, Stake President, Area Presidency executive secretary, temple president and temple sealer. He loved to play golf and be around his family of four children, two foster children and seventeen grandchildren. George is survived by wife Jeannette, sons Jeff (Jennifer), Scott (Jessica) and Grant (Viviane); daughter Debra; foster son Alex; foster daughter Andrea (Curtis); grandchildren Quincy, Weylin, Mason, Claire, Ethan, Sam, Marshal, Catalina, Marin, Capri, Ellis, Lexis, Elle, Mia, Paris and Ty. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12 Noon, with a viewing from 9:30am to 11:30am, same day, at the North Salt Lake Stake Center located at 900 Eaglepointe Drive. North salt lake, Utah 84054. See full obituary at:

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Published in Deseret News on Jan. 14, 2015.
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February 15, 2015
Love you Daddy! You are the best~
Debra Oakes
January 19, 2015
George was a traveling supervising Elder when I was serving in Aracatuba in 1961. We hit it off and when I was at the LDS Temple in Sept 1963 to be married I saw him in the parking lot and he attended my wedding. My fond memories of a great man.
January 19, 2015
I absolutely loved President Oakes! I grew up in his ward and was friends with his family. Later he was my stake president and so instrumental in getting me on my mission. It truly changed my life. What a great man. I'm sure he is doing great work on the other side now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Sending my love
Amanda Facer Olsen
January 19, 2015
I served as a missionary in the Brazil North Mission. President Oakes was my mission president. He was a great man and mentor. We would often play futebol at zone meetings. He would play the goalie. It was a lot of fun!! I hope to see him again.
Ron Heaston
Ronald Heaston
January 18, 2015
I was sorry to read of George's death. I was not aware that you folks lived in Utah now. I remember George as a friendly, kind and generous man. I'm sorry for your loss and I wish you and your family well.


Glenda Weight Peterson
January 17, 2015
Greg & Denise LeCheminant
I wish to send my condolences to Sister Oakes. I was one of your missionaries in the last quarter of my mission working in the northeast. We loved you. Enjoyed listening to President Oakes at conferences when he spoke of slogging through the mud and rain while serving. Your memory will always be in my heart.
Greg LeCheminant
January 17, 2015
I loved President Oakes. He was a mentor and dear friend. I visited with him and Sister Oakes at the hospital a while back and talked about the years I served under him as my mission President. He was truly a sincere and great man. I will miss him.
January 16, 2015
It's with the deepest of sadness to say goodbye to George. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. All our best wishes, Alan and Mindy Collier
January 16, 2015
I served with Elder Oakes in the Brazilian Mission. I was a relative "greenie" and worked with him in Santo Amaro Branch in Sao Paulo. He was my senior companion and were were assigned to be Traveling Elders. His spirit and devotion were marvelous examples, and I carried his influence with me for the remainder of my mission, and throughout life. He was also a lot of fun !!! Thanks, Elder Oakes
Lawrence Mauerman
January 16, 2015
Our beloved Mission President. The world is a better place for his having been here. And it will never be the same without him. God be with the Oakes' Family.
Marsha Foster Jay
January 15, 2015
Walmir Silva and Elizabeth Silva Hales
I remember him as the mission president in the Brazil North Mission. My family was living in Rio de Janeiro at the time and he and my father(Walmir Silva) became very good friends and remained friends for all these years. I talked to my father a couple of days ago and he informed me of Presd. Oakes passing and he was very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Elizabeth Silva Hales
January 15, 2015
George was my seminary teacher for a year in Glendale. What a fun and great influence he was in my life as a young teenager....he helped form my testimony of the gospel. I will forever be grateful!
Mark Dietlein
January 15, 2015
The Spirit World has gained a great and Christlike man. He is undoubtedly already doing missionary work once again! George was a Father and PaPa to so many, and we were always blessed when we received advice from him. He was so very insightful and wise! We will miss George, but are excited for the new callings and adventures that lie ahead for him! Until we meet again.
Kimberly Bullard
January 15, 2015
Dear Jeannette and Family,
Please know that our love and prayers are with you while we are serving here in Honduras. You were so wonderful and kind to us when we were in Brazil. Both of you are true examples to us of faith, hope, charity and service. We have learned much about Christlike love from both of you. We love you and you will be in our prayers daily.
Love, Jamie and Annette Dester
January 15, 2015
Zuleika, Larissa and Paulo Grahl send our condolences, our sincere love, and a big "abraço" to our dear friend Jeannette. We are saddened by the passing of George, a giant of faith, and a man with a very tender heart whom we have had the blessing of knowing, and with whom we have shared many choice and sacred moments. Many saints in Brazil will be forever grateful for the devoted service of this exemplar disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ in our country. We say farewell to George, until we meet again.
- Paulo, Larissa and Zuleika Grahl
Paulo Grahl
January 15, 2015
Great man and well done thou great and faithful servant!
May the Lord's comfort be upon you all.
With sincere condolences to dear sister Oakes and all the family!
Margaret Graham
January 14, 2015
I had the privilege of serving with George in Santo Amaro. We had great times together. Thinking of him brings back memories I have not thought about in years. The last time I saw him was at Pres. Bangerter's 92 birthday party in Alpine. In fact I had not seen him since Brazil until the birthday party. I served from 1960-1963. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

Mac M. Bills
Mapleton, UT 84664
January 14, 2015
" Dear brother George Oakes, thanks for really having genuine love for God, for the true gospel, and for mankind! You have been transferred to the spiritual ward still young because there is a need in that sphere of great ones like you are! The Lord will watch over your precious family still here, I have no doubt of it! Thanks for being such a good example to us all!
_Sandra Teixeira Clark
Sandra Clark
January 14, 2015
"Brother George Oaks, thanks for everything you did and was while here on earth! "
Sandra Clark
January 14, 2015
Ate novamente encontrarmos alegria eterna ...Oh que belos hinos cantam hoje la nos Ceus .... todo o nosso amor para voce Jeannette e familia;
J.Roberto e Lucia Viveiros
January 14, 2015
President Oakes presided the Brazil North Mission (now Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission) between 1970 and 1973. One of the significant accomplishments in his administration was the creation of the first stake in Rio de Janeiro (1972).

Because of old misconceptions regarding the priesthood ban, in 1972 President Oakes had to personally approve the baptisms of Helvecio & Ruda Martins, and their son Marcus Helvecio. A lifelong friendship began between the two families. Fifteen years later brother Helvecio Martins would serve as a mission president in Fortaleza, Brazil, and three years later as the first member with Black African ancestry in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Brother Marcus Martins also served as a mission president, around the same time in which President Oakes was presiding the Campinas Brazil Temple. They participated in a few stake conferences together.
M. Martins
January 14, 2015
So sorry to the Oakes family. Pres. Oakes was a wonderful man, and so loving and giving.

Paul Herod & family
January 14, 2015
Thinking of you Jeanette and sending our love.
Brian and Suzie Kelley
January 14, 2015
I served under George Oakes as a missionary and will be forever grateful for his supreme example of love and compassion. He was truly a great man, who demonstrated never ending faith and optimism. He will be sorely missed by many.
John Andelin
January 14, 2015
Denny and family,
We're so sad to hear of George's passing. We have fond memories of the times we shared.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jim and Amalia
Jim and Amalia Thompson
January 14, 2015
George and Denny Oaks. George was my Bishop and Denny was my Seminary teacher, both Disciples of Christ and fearless leaders of the Highland Park Ward in Los Angeles. Brother Oaks ordained me with the Priesthood when I was 12 years old. Sister Oakes picked us up for semminary meeting in a cool mustang. Both were great leaders and examples to me in my life. They were loved by everyone who ever knew them which now must number in the thousands. Bishop Oakes had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. I am honored to have known him. Roger Martin HP LA
Roger Martin
January 14, 2015
Love love him, thinking of you and your family sister Oakes!
Simone Dittrich Bannister
January 14, 2015
George was also a Mission President in the Sao Paulo Brazil, the same mission he served in in his youth.
Sharon Anderson
January 14, 2015
Our hearts are saddened by your passing George but we have the sure knowledge we will meet again and in the meantime we have plenty of memories of the years of friendship we have shared. To Jeannette, Jeff, Scott, Grant and Debra we send our love and prayers. May Father grant you the comfort and extra love you need at this time. We love you all and your families so much.

Jim and Sharon Anderson
Sharon Anderson
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