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GEORGE DAY George Walter Day, age 84, of Filer, Idaho, passed away July 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, of natural causes. George was born April 2, 1933, in Kingsville, Texas, to Alcie Oertle and Edward Day. At age eight, he lost his mother to cancer and his two youngest sisters went to live with others. Throughout his life he never lost track of them. He was blessed to have four sisters. By age 13, he was supporting himself. He entered the military at age 16 and his service to this country in the National Guard and Air Force was one of his proudest memories. George met his lifelong companion, wife and friend, Ruth Janette Cole, and they later eloped to Miami, Oklahoma Oct. 19, 1959. They have been married 58 years. George and Ruth had three children, Alcie Ruth, George Randall (Buster) and Susan Louise. They began life in Texas and their adventuresome spirits took them to Nevada and Arizona but their retirement to Idaho was their favorite and final home. Mom and dad's love for life was a magnet to their children and eventually all three children followed them to Idaho. Community service was another one of George's passions. He was Chairman of the Board for Boulder City Hospital and instrumental in getting the new hospital built in 1973. His many areas of service included chairing the Boulder City Damboree celebration, President of the American Legion Posts 31 and 54, city councilman, membership on development and planning commissions as well as other volunteer work. July 28, 1988 was proclaimed "a day in honor of George W. Day" by Governor Richard H. Bryan. George's career began as an apprentice electrician and led him to the title of Chief Negotiator; Contract Specialist for the U.S. Government's Western Area Power Administration. He was an expert in the field of electricity, including the power grid, generation, transmission and distribution across the Western United States. Along with tending to his 35 acre farm, his favorite project in retirement was helping with several small power plants on the Snake River with his friend Tom McCauley. George leaves behind a grieving family of three sisters; many nieces and nephews; three children; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, with two more arriving shortly. We will all miss his many colorful stories and are committed to carrying his legacy on to future generations. A celebration of life will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, on the Day Farm. All are welcome to come and share your memories of George.
Published in Boulder City Review on July 13, 2017
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