George Thomas White of Crescent City died peacefully in his home with his family at his side Feb. 17, 2008. He was born Nov. 16, 1926. in Crescent City to Lillian McKay White of Crescent City and Henry Frederick White, who was born in Boston.
George was proud of his Scottish and Irish heritage. His father's family were immigrants from near Dublin, Ireland. His grandparents on his mother's side were William McKay and Ellen Crasp, pioneers from Del Norte County's giant redwood logging past.
George attended the one-room schoolhouse that is now Lake Earl Grocery at the corner of Lake Earl Drive and White Lane, which he named after his family. The lane at one time led up to his family home, a 140-year-old farmhouse that he restored and remolded with a huge stone fireplace and beautiful curly redwood cabinets he designed from wood he logged himself. He also named McKay Lane after his pioneer grandfather.
When he was a teenager his parents moved to San Francisco, where he attended Lincoln High School and was in the first graduating class of the new school. He excelled in track and joined the Navy right after high school. He learned all about diesel mechanics in the Navy working on ship engines and continued working on engines all his life.
After the Navy, back in San Francisco, his former father-in-law, a policeman, convinced George to join the San Francisco Police Department. During this time he "moonlighted" with his father-in-law, building rooms on homes and learning everything about building a home. He taught his son, Steve, these skills, which Steve eventually used in his contracting business.
George was with the police for 17 years, forging friendships in life-and- death holdups and fighting crime. He and a close group of "cop" friends vacationed together and raced boats.
He retired from the police department in 1965 and worked as a carpenter for ACT theaters and the San Francisco Symphony.
In 1970 he moved his family back to Del North County, a longtime dream. He enjoyed many occupations such as logging, long hauling, and especially working his gold mine at the Forks of the Salmon, where he built a camp where many friends and relatives came to work with him or for recreation.
He was a 23-year volunteer for the Fort Dick Fire Department and served on the board. He was a member of the Elks of Crescent City, the Gasquet VFW, and the Retired San Francisco Police Association.
Proud of beautiful Del Norte County's history and his family's part in it, he restored the Hobbs Wall Caboose for a display at the fairgrounds. His many projects included restoring antique cars, hunting and fishing. He helped many a young man get started in life on the right and honest path and shared his many "Jack-of- all-trades" skills and time generously throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Louise; daughter Christine Marie (White) Myers and her husband Kenneth of Vallejo; son Stephen Fredrick White and his wife Deborah of Gasquet; daughter Suzanne Louise White and her life partner Carl Summers of Selma, Ore.; grandson Patrick Bryan Bell and his wife Michele of Concord; grandaughter Jessica White of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandson Bart Myers and his wife Faina of San Francisco; great-grandson Nicholas Robert Balaam-Bell of Walnut Creek; sister Junia Schlangen of Marin County; nephews David and Daniel Russ and many McKay cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service at the Del Norte County Veteran's Cemetery on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Family and friends are invited for a gathering following services at the White Family Ranch for a celebration of life.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.