Obituary: George Dutton (Sept. 14, 1924 – March 14, 2013)

By Submitted March 25, 2013 04:58 pm

George Dutton, 88, of White Salmon, Wash., died in Hood River, Ore., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at Smith River Cemetery in Smith River, Calif., officiated by Ed Martin.

Mr. Dutton was born September 14, 1924, in River, Ky., to Nelva (Pack) and John H. Dutton. He moved to Washington when he was 22. On August 12, 1946, he married Juanita Conley in Morton. The couple moved to Smith River, where they resided until 1984, when they moved to White Salmon. He worked in the coal mines as a teenager in Kentucky and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he worked on Yellowstone National Park. He was a union laborer in Ohio and worked as a logger in the Redwood Forest in California, where he retired from Arcata Redwood.

George was the eighth child out of 12. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, in 1991 and his grandson, Robert Holland, in 2012. He is survived by his sisters, Gracie Parker of Springfield, Ohio, and Ula Blevins of St. Paris, Ohio; children Jerry L. Dutton of Smith River; Vic Solus of Gasquet, Calif., and Ginger London of White Salmon; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The greatest loves in Mr. Dutton’s life were fishing, telling stories, singing and gardening.