George Francis Effenberger
August 12, 1928 -
April 6, 2009
George Francis Effenberger, Jr., passed away on April 6, 2009 in Oro Valley, Arizona. George was born on August 12, 1928 in San Francisco to Marie Louise and George Joseph. He was raised in San Francisco and joined the Merchant Marines at age 16 after graduation from high school. George enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1948 and fought in the Chosin Reservoir campaign during the Korean War.
After the Korean War, George founded a trucking company and skippered the Cutter Orient out of the San Francisco Yacht Club where he competed in the Trans Pacific yacht race. George resumed his studies at San Francisco City College where he was ASB President and then attended the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley and earned his Juris Doctorate at Western State University College of Law.
George traveled the world in his professional career as a respected high voltage cable applications consultant and was a contributing member of IEEE. He founded Power Engineering Services in Brea, CA in 1981, which today is run by his son Douglas and daughter-in-law Barbara.
Golf was a lifelong passion. George and Beth were resident members at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA before relocating to Tucson, AZ. George was a member of the SaddleBrooke Mountain View Men's Golf Association. On the course and in life his motto was, "Hit 'em staight!". George will be missed by many of his golfing buddies.
George is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Beth; three children, Michael,Douglas and Lesley; eight grandchildren, Kristina, Heidi, Michael, Nicole, Caitlin, Shelby, Bryn and Haley, and his dog "JJ". They will miss him.
A memorial is planned for May 2, 2009 at 5:00pm at Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's name to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 43790, Tucson, AZ 85733-3790.