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George Preston Livesley

October 21, 1942 - January 22, 2019

The world lost a big heart with a lot of rough edges on December 22, when George P. Livesley's gave out after years of struggle with various coronary defects and insufficiencies. He was 76.

George had lived a professional life of instruction, advocacy, and judgment, having been an Oregon teacher, lawyer, and administrative law judge. He vociferously championed these skills both on and off the job, blending them off the job with lacerating wit and self-effacing humor. He was born October 21, 1942 in Anchorage, Alaska to Rowland Bruce Livesley and Janet Preston Livesley. George's great-uncle was Thomas A. Livesley, known as the Hops King of the Northwest and the original owner of Mahonia Hall, the current governor's mansion in Salem.

George was a man of diverse interests ranging from dealing in vintage cars to politically debating others both in person and online. He asked for and gave no quarter. He thrived parrying ad hominem arguments with refutation and counterargument. He never walked away. He lacked interest in sports due to an excruciating congenital bone disease which hampered his mobility. He spent many childhood months in leg braces. George Preston Livesley graduated from Lathrop elementary and high school in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and the University of Oregon and graduated with a BA and teaching degree. He then taught for several years at Siuslaw High School in Mapleton before attending and receiving a law degree from Willamette University.

He worked as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Oregon Attorney General for several years, ran his own law firm and worked for several area attorneys before becoming a referee and then administrative law judge for the state workers compensation board in 1987, a position he held until early this century.

He married Ann Buick (now Britton) in 1979 and they enjoyed 21 years of happiness and adventure, including the designing and construction of their own Mahonia Hall residence in Solar Heights. Another highlight was a tour around the United States pulling a travel trailer carrying their two cats. They divorced in 2000 but remained the best of friends until his death. At the time of his passing he lived in Springfield with his close friend and significant other for many years, Bovarlita (Angel) Reynolds. He and Angel traveled throughout the west coast when his health permitted. He is survived by Ann and Angel and his sister and brother-in-law, Alison and Jim Reichstein of Eugene.

George Preston Livesley was a fiercely generous, loyal, and devoted friend to many. He expected the same from them. He wore his heart on his sleeve. George will be sorely missed by his friends and acquaintances. For them, George was always there.

A memorial and celebration of George's life will be held for his friends and acquaintances at The Steelhead Restaurant, 199 East 5th Avenue, Eugene from 1 pm to 3:30 pm Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Cremation arrangements handled by Andreason's Springfield Cremation Center.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 13, 2019
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