George W. Alexson
The country and our family lost another hero on Sept. 11, 2012. George W. Alexson passed away at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. he was born on March 29, 1920 in San Francisco to George William and Bertha (Maier) Alexson. He spent his early years in San Francisco and Cupertino where his father was employed as a mechanic. He grew up in Huntington Park and graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1939. With the outbreak of World War II, George enlisted in the Marine Corps and was a veteran in the Pacific Campaign on Guadacanal. He transferred to the Naval Reserve and was undergoing flight training when the war ended. He served out the remainder of his enlistment on Whidbey Island, Wash.
George married Mary Tumbleson, his wife of 67 years, on Feb. 1, 1945 in Huntington Park. He completed his education on the G.I. Bill with a Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration from California State University Los Angeles. While attending school he worked in the Los Angeles Juvenile Hall Detention System. He began his teaching career in the small Eastern Sierra town of Bishop in 1955. He advanced to Dean of Boys/Vice-Principal and was promoted to Principal/Superintendent in 1964. In 1968, George and his family relocated to Imperial where George served as the Principal and District Superintendent of the Imperial Unified School District, retiring in 1975.
After retiring, George worked for a time with Leonard Spear Realty and became the housing manager at Naval Air Station, El Centro, in 1983. George was an active member of the El Centro Kiwanis and the Imperial Valley Gem and Mineral Society. He enjoyed reading, his shop projects, gardening and the use of lapidary equipment to cut, shape and polish rocks of various types from all over the country.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; three sons, Michael (Beverly), Peter (Karen) and Don Alexson (Kim); eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He will be missed but remembered by all.
No formal or public services are planned.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, interested parties are invited to make a donation in his honor to the El Centro Kiwanis, P.O. Box 632, El Centro, CA 92244.