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Marlin George passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his family.
Marlin was born in Rifle, Colo., to Alfred and Bertha George. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dick George of Fairbanks, Alaska.
The George family moved to Meeker in 1955, when Marlin’s parents and grandparents ran the Meeker Feed Store. After being graduating from Meeker High School in 1956, he attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
In 1959, he married Patricia Ann Collins (Anderson), and together they had four children: Edy Lynn of Meeker, Colo., Jim and his wife Cheryl George of Aurora, Colo., Jody (George) and Lonnie Tate of Palisade, Colo., and Tom and Jennifer George of San Antonio, Texas.
In 1981, Marlin married Sally Caywood. With this union, Marlin inherited three additional children: Teresa and her husband, Jeff Catt, of Clifton, Colo., Charlie and his wife, Celeste Caywood, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Clay and his wife, Melissa Caywood, of Delta, Colo.
After graduating from CSU, Marlin began his teaching career in Grover, Colo. He later taught, coached and served as both the assistant principal of Delta High School and principal of Delta Junior High. From that position, he went to Cedaredge, Colo., where he was the principal of Cedardge Jr./Sr. High School.
Marlin laughed about “retiring” from his jr/sr high assignment and advancing his career by moving into the position of principal of Cedaredge Elementary, where he stayed until retiring from public education.
Marlin served on the Colorado High School Activities Association for several years while in the Cedaredge school system. Hen loved working with young people and helping them to explore the possibilities of life.
Memory lives on in the hearts of: his brothers, Tony George of Roseburg, Calif., and Tom and his wife, Ilene George, of Winnemucca, Nev.; four children; three stepchildren; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and friends.
Marlin’s remains will be laid to rest with his parents in the Rifle Cemetery at a later date.