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George Lanyon, Jr.
As requested by family, no services will be held for 43-year Bishop resident George Lanyon, Jr.
Born the first of three children to George and Rose (Anderson) Lanyon on March 12, 1934 in Michigan, George died at his Bishop home Oct. 17, 2010. He was 76.
George was employed by Yamaha and Honda as a district sales manager in the early ’60s, followed by employment with the U.S. Forest Service (Inyo National Forest) as an engineer where he retired after 20 years. During his employment with the Forest Service, he also worked in Cordova, Alaska.
George was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. In the early 1950s, he raced professionally at tracks including Daytona Beach and Watkins Glen. When he moved to California in the late 1950s, he continued his racing career and in the 1970s he discovered desert racing. In his later years, he became a well-respected restorer of vintage BSA motorcycles, often traveling to England to locate parts and old motorcycles.
In the late ’70s and early ’80s, George was active as a 4-H rabbit leader and became an American Rabbit Breeders Association certified judge. In retirement, he took many trips to Alaska to salmon fish, and also to Australia where he caught “gold fever” enjoying prospecting in the Outback.
George is survived by his wife, Mildred of Bishop; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and David of Vega of Fresno; grandchildren, Sara and Aaron Vega of Fresno; and sisters, Beverly Beveridge of Ferndale, Mich. and Janet Williams and husband Ken of St. Helen, Mich.
For those who wish, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the Owens Valley or to a charity of one’s choice.