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George Tunison Addington

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George Tunison Addington

Sparks - George Tunison Addington passed quietly from this life on June 11, 2018 at his home in Sparks, Nevada at the age of 63 leaving his family, friends and many colleagues filled with sorrow.

George was born October 9, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to James Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Tunison) Addington. George's father was a traveling salesman for Ingersoll Rand which meant the family traveled frequently throughout the Midwest, spending a substantial part of his youth in Chicago. In his teen years, George moved out to Southern California to live with his older sister, Molly. He graduated from Rolling Hills High School in Palos Verdes, CA in 1972 as a member of the National Honors Society.

George had a passion for learning as well as teaching, which he worked diligently toward by attending Stanford University receiving his Bachelor of Arts in June 1976, his teaching credential in August 1977, and his Master of Arts in September 1977. He was also a beloved and trusted brother of Delta Upsilon (DU) Fraternity.

Immediately upon his graduating from Stanford, George relocated to Susanville, CA where he began his much-loved teaching career at Lassen High School. Although he felt connected to the beauty of the high desert of Lassen County, he relocated to Sparks, NV to continue his teaching career at Washoe High School in 1990. George celebrated his retirement from teaching in 2014.

In 1989 George married his Susanville Sweetheart, Gayla Perez, and to this union they were blessed with their beautiful twins, Allura (older by a whopping 39 minutes!) and Alyssa, and their delightful Athena. Though the marriage eventually ended in divorce, George remained a beloved member of the Perez family.

In addition to being a dedicated father and a perpetual student of knowledge, George was an excellent guitarist and pianist, appreciating many genres of music. In addition to music, George enjoyed many sports: he was a competitive diver in his youth, and was a life-long Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. An avid reader, George's daughter's claim he read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand more times than they could count and faithfully completed his daily Word Jumble, which he enjoyed so much.

George was predeceased by his parents, James and Mary Addington, and his dear sister, Molly Hoffmann. He is survived by his precious daughters, Allura Addington of Reno, NV, Alyssa Addington (and fiancé, James) and Athena Addington, all Sparks, NV, sisters, Mary Smith of Florida and Katherine Babecki of South Carolina and his brother Jim Addington of Florida.

A Celebration of George's Life will take place Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Monticola Club located at 140 South Lassen in Susanville, CA. George had expressed to his family many times in the past that Susanville felt like his true home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations of backpacks filled with school supplies be made to a child or school of donor's choice in memory of George's love for teaching and providing for children.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 12, 2018
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