George Tuttle Menasco passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2013 in Watsonville, CA. He was 96 years old.
He was born on September 13, 1916, in Watsonville, Ca. to parents Sid and Jennie Menasco. He attended Mintie White Grammer School through 5th grade. He then went on to Montezuma School for Boys in Los Gatos, CA until the end of his sophomore year, he then attended Watsonville High School from which he graduated in 1935. He played football and starred on the track team. He graduated from Pomona College with a business degree in 1939. Finishing his formal education at Armstrong Business College in Berkeley, Ca in 1941.
He served in Army and served in World War II. He returned to his home in the Pajaro Valley, a place he felt was a true honor to call home. He became President of the Charles Ford Company in 1949. He was the 3rd generation of Menasco’s to hold this position. He retired in 1992. He was Man of the Year that same year. He was a member of the American Legion, Watsonville Elks Club and a longtime member of the Watsonville Rotary.
George was a very humble man. He lived with principles including respect, fairness and dignity. There will be a void in the house in which the bosom of the family where he has spent his best.
He is preceeded in death by his wife Earline Menasco and granddaughter Jennifer Menasco. He is survived by his two children, Georgeann Menasco of Watsonville and Sidney Menasco. Four grandchildren, Robert Ditlevsen ( Charisse ), Don Ditlevsen ( Jill ), Heidi Murphy ( Erik Redding ), Alexis Menasco. He has 9 great grandchildren. Sister in law, Alberta Spates.
The family will be forever grateful to the loving, dignified care George received from his caregivers who quickly became part of our family. A special thanks to Heartland Hospice and Dr. Robert Weber.
At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Patrick and Debbie Carroll at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel. Donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 520 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, Ca 94304For the complete article see the 06-11-2013 issue.
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