George was born on March 15, 1932 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Charles and Muriel Watrous, and died in Boise on Friday, February 5, 2016.
He lived in several places which included Fort Bragg, NC, New York City and Connecticut while his father was on active service with the Army during WWII. After his father returned from the service, George was accepted by an Honor Naval School in New London, Connecticut where in addition to classes, he served as Boatswain of the school’s sailing training ship and Cadet Engineer of the submarine chaser provided by the Navy as a training ship.
After graduation, he attended the University of Connecticut for one semester but with the Korean War in its early stages and with little hope of ending in a short time, George enlisted in the Navy and served aboard two ships including an oceanographic survey ship that tested ocean conditions to learn, among other things, what effect the conditions found would have on locating submarines.
After six years of shipboard service he transferred to naval aviation as an Aviation Ordnanceman and flew as an aircrewman in P-3 Orion antisubmarine aircraft. He retired from the Navy with 22 years of service.
As a civilian, he spent thirty years as a marine and aviation insurance underwriter and following that, had some interesting jobs such as repairing an older power cruiser and converting it to a research trawler for Idaho Fish and Game, teaching shooters how to improve the accuracy of their rifles and shotguns, and working part-time for Gart Sports in their Hunting and Fishing Department.
While he was in Los Angeles, he met Gail Haack who was teaching at a high school in Long Beach and the very first time they met he decided that someday they would get married, which they did in October of 1974. After 39 years of marriage, his beloved wife passed away.
They lived in Boise for 18 years where they enjoyed outdoor activities including fly fishing, shooting, X-country skiing, camping and ice skating. George played ice hockey and was an avid upland bird and duck hunter. After they both retired in 1996, they moved to the Oregon coast and lived there until they returned to Boise in May of 2014.
George is survived by his daughter Caroline Kahm; granddaughter Corina Kahm; cousin Bob Warner; his sister in law Betty Bolton; and several nieces and nephews.
“Fair winds and a following sea” to our shipmate George.