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George Lincoln Bailey

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2013


February 12, 2013 – June 5, 2013

Resident of Watsonville

George Lincoln Bailey, born on Feb. 12, 1926, went to his eternal home on June 5, 2013. He was 87.

George left his home in Idaho at the tender age of 16. He claimed to be 18 in order to join the Navy during WWII. He served aboard two separate destroyers that were sunk in the Pacific, and lived to tell the tale. He later re-enlisted to serve his country in Korea. One of his proudest moments was watching from the bridge as his son, Michael, brought the nuclear submarine, USS Barb, into port as Officer of the Deck. He came back from the war to stay with his Aunt Florence and Uncle Charley and met and married the woman of his dreams.  A hard-working man, after the war he worked for PG&E in the Moss Landing Power Plant for 35 years, and rose to plant foreman. He retired in 1986.   Determined to complete his interrupted education, he went back to school years later to earn his diploma. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus.  He coached little league and was involved in the 4-H for many years with his family. George Bailey was a wonderful person and family man who will be deeply missed by all of his friends and family.

George is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Joann Bailey; his daughter, Joan Bailey, and two grandsons, Scott and Patrick Bailey; daughter-in law Ellen Bailey; his Niece Pamela Erickson (Bob Erickson); his nephews, Ed Vaughan (Sharon Vaughan), Jim Watkins (Shirley Watkins); his great nephews, Jeff Coghlan, Justin Coghlan, Matthew Vaughan, Kevin Watkins; his great nieces Jessica and Christie Vaughan; many nieces and nephews in Idaho; and his caregiver Roberto, who took wonderful care of him over the last years of his illness.  His son, Michael Bailey, left this earth on Jan. 22, 2011.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Holy Eucharist Church or St. Francis High School.

Family and friends are invited to attend his service June 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Eucharist Church with burial to follow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park. Arrangements were entrusted to Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.

For the complete article see the 06-11-2013 issue.

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