George Martin White, 77, died on Jan. 30, 2003, while visiting his daughter in Oasis, Nev.
He was born in Salt Creek, Wyo., to John and Irene (Ritchie) White, May 30, 1925.
A World War II veteran, Mr. White enlisted in the navy in early 1943 and served until the War’s end. Assignments included the USS Shannon and the USS Chester. After his discharge he became a private pilot and enjoyed flying his Aeronca in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon where he met Helen Watkins of Hereford. They were married Aug. 11, 1951.
He lived an adventurous and varied life, which included scuba diving, gold dredging, rail road work, Merchant Marines, falling and bucking timber, hunting and marksmanship, befriending wildlife (such as hawks, badger and raccoon), making obsidian arrowheads, fishing crayfish commercially on the Sacramento River and running a small engine repair business. He, Helen and their three children moved to the Placerville area in 1959 where he worked on local dam projects, powerhouses and overpasses. He retired as a carpenter after 20 years, always taking great pleasure in fixing the “un-fixable.”
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen (Watkins) White of El Dorado, Calif.; son, Bert White of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; daughters, Debra Beaugez of Oasis, Nev., and Audrey Greenlaw of Sheepranch, Calif.; brother, Bert White of Southgate, Calif.; sister, Betty Gulbranson, of Yakima, Wash.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James White.
George will be greatly missed.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor