JUDGE LLOYD D. GEORGE
JUDGE LLOYD D. GEORGE Judge Lloyd D. George, 90, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2020, in Las Vegas, NV, from natural causes. He is survived by his wife, four children, 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and younger brother. Those who knew Judge George knew he loved telling stories. Some of those stories are well-known throughout the local legal community, like the one about his very first client in private practice (the client was on trial for burglary, Judge George lent him a suit for court, Judge George got the charges dismissed, after which the client promptly stole the suit). Judge George told these stories because he loved connecting with people, and he thoroughly enjoyed hearing their stories too. We, his family, knew well that if we went anywhere with him (even the grocery store), we would inevitably end up waitingwaiting while he chatted with whomever crossed his path, swapping stories and being genuinely interested in the lives lived by those around him. Judge George leaves behind a reputation of public service and achievement but what the story of his life most reveals is a legacy of integrity, kindness, and love. At Brigham Young University, Judge George met and fell in love with LaPrele Badouin, a woman known for her talent and poise. In 1956, they were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple and the couple immediately moved to Texas while Judge George served in the United States Airforce. After completing his military service, they moved to Berkeley, California, so Judge George could attend law school. Early on, life was not simpletheir first child was born with severe intellectual disabilities requiring a lifetime of constant care. In an era when nearly everyone put such special-needs children in institutions, the Georges chose to care for their son at home. As one way to help him live as rich a life as possible, the Georges helped establish and maintain a non-profit organization called Opportunity Village, where people with intellectual disabilities can gather to work, socialize, and feel like they belong. Their son has been a part of that community for over 40 years. This commitment to family was the cornerstone of his life. Despite having a demanding career, first in private practice, then as a bankruptcy judge, and finally as a Federal district judge, Judge George always made time for his children and grandchildren. He told us his stories too. He told us about his adventures, as a fighter pilot, as a student body president for Las Vegas High School and Brigham Young University, as a world traveler, and he made life seem exciting. He made us laugh just as easily with his stories of old Vegas as he did regaling us with notable legal decisions, and that is no easy feat. He inspired us with stories of his worthwhile endeavors, like his lifetime work with foreign countries to promote judicial causes (he is still the only person we know to go to Tajikistan) or his appointments to various impactful national judicial committees. He also told us about many people throughout his lifetime who helped and inspired him. Through it all, he taught us. He taught us to believe in ourselves, live life with humility, and care for those around us. Judge George stayed true to these values for his entire life. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served compassionately and generously in many capacities. For instance, as a young missionary he served in the Midwestern United States and later as a Bishop in North Las Vegas. Even after release from official responsibilities he stayed in close contact with those he served, providing friendship, support, mentorship, and occasionally, even a roof over their heads. Each of Judge George's grandchildren can attest that despite his busy schedule, he was never too preoccupied to remind us how special he thought we each were, how proud he was of whatever we were doing at the time (he made JV sports seem like the big leagues), or how grateful he was to have us in his life. When his grandchildren were around, he would put his work aside, spend time with us, and then head back to his study late at night when we went to bed. The stories we could tell about how he lifted us up are countless, and now that our family storyteller is gone, we will tell them to each other, and he will be with us in spirit. As we weave these stories and this legacy into our own pasts and futures, we will appreciate his hard work and accomplishments, but we will honor him most for dedicating his life to caring about others more than himself, helping people see their potential, and making those around him feel valued, supported, and loved.


Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 15, 2020.
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Dennis Hunt
Friend
December 12, 2020
Judge George or I really want to say Bishop George was truly a wonderful, loving and humble man of God. He was so inspiring and helped mold our lives in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I think of him, I smile because he was the kindest. Fond memories of him and his beautiful sweet wife who was my last piano teacher. Parents with so much patience for their son. My prayers for his family.
Claudia Abbott Grange
Friend
October 20, 2020
I enjoyed many lunches filled with great stories from a great man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his whole family. He is a legal legend in Las Vegas!
Nevada Supreme Court Justice Abbi Silver
Friend
October 18, 2020
My sincere condolence to the family. What a vacuum created by the loss of this honorable and dignified person. I always enjoyed our meeting, learned valuable view points, and cherished his interesting stories, only Judge George could tell.
Sigrid Sommer, Hon. Consul Emerita of Germany
Friend
October 18, 2020
A wonderful man who inspired me in my childhood. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Bob Thiess
Friend
October 18, 2020
I have always appreciated Judge George and his family. I was invited a few years ago, because of my family's connection with the Georges, to have lunch with him in his chambers. He reminisced about my dad and grandfather, their connection with him and about the "old days" in Bunkerville.

My attorney brother and nephew were in his court when my nephew was sworn in as an attorney after he passed the bar. He presided at that event, and it was very impressive to say the least.

He was always so kind to my family, and I remember going with my parents, when I was very young, a few times to his home. He and his wife were always so hospitable. Those were always memorable times.

My deepest condolences to the family.
Marlon Waite
Friend
October 18, 2020
What an honorable, kind and gentle soul! I met Lloyd and LaPrele at age 11, having the opportunity to babysit their children. What an incredible couple who complimented one another so beautifully. They have to this day stayed in touch❤ Indeed a great man. Much Love and Peace to his wonderful wife and children.
Sheilah Jennings
Friend
October 17, 2020
From the time I arrived in Las Vegas and worked in the Federal Building, Judge George was a constant in my life. He was always a joy, never seemed to forget a name, or to ask about the family. When my husband was sworn in as a United States Citizen, Judge George, who was not on calendar to oversee this ceremony, changed his plans and made sure not only to be there but to lead it and make it memorable for everyone, and especially my husband and our families. He was everything his children said he was in their memories and more. We have so much to be grateful for having Judge George as a mentor, friend and beautiful spirit. May your memory be for a blessing.
Fran Fine
Friend
October 16, 2020
I was fortunate enough to be in this judge’s court , very tough but fair , wish we had more like him
Jason j
Acquaintance
October 15, 2020
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