George B. Marvel,
Esq., Lt. Colonel USAF, retired
died peacefully of natural causes on October 9, 2014 at the age of 96.
Thank you George for your service. You were a member of our Greatest Generation.
George had a long and productive life. Early in 1938 he heard the winds of war sweeping through Europe, and while a college student volunteered to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned to Randolph Field, Texas for flight training as a fighter pilot and after earning his pilot wings he was selected for advanced pilot training. He was awarded the position of Command Pilot in the B-17 Bomber, also known as the "Flying Fortress."
After flight training George's first duty station was at Allbrook Field, Panama Canal Zone; he was assigned to fly submarine and aircraft detection missions to protect against attacks by enemy forces in his B-17.
Later in his career he returned to Panama flying his beloved B-17 on submarine patrols and air-sea rescues.
At the peak of his Air Force career George was assigned as the Chief of Mission to the Chilean Ministry of Defense. The Mission trained Chilean pilots and maintenance crews in the newly acquired USAF aircraft given to Chile for their support in the WWII war efforts.
In 1961, after retiring from the Air Force George attended and graduated from the College of Law at the University of Arizona. After passing the Bar he practiced law for several years in Tucson, and then became a hearing officer for the Arizona Workman's Compensation Commission. Subsequently he was elevated to the office of judge in the Arizona judicial system where he served over three years before he retired in 1984.
George is preceded in death by his mother, Phoebe and his father, George Bertram Marvel, Sr.; his beloved wife, Rosemary; his second son, Stuart; his second wife, Jane Anne and his great-granddaughter, Cassandra.
George leaves behind an extended family including his daughter, Laurie; her husband, Col. Ron Baker, USAF, retired and their three children, Trevor Baker, Dr. Brian Baker and Dr. Russell Baker. Baker great- grandchildren are Zachary, Sarah Catherine, Ian, Nathaniel, Avery, Regan, Abraham and Arthur.
He also leaves a son, Attorney, K. Barry Marvel, Col. USAF, retired; Barry's former wife, June and their children, Dr. Kevin Marvel, Ken Marvel and Kristine Marvel. Marvel great-grandchildren are Kensley and Lauren.
A Memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at George's residence. In lieu of flowers George's family requests that any donations instead be made to Catalina In-Home Services, Inc. of Tucson.
Arrangements entrusted to DESERT SUNSET FUNERAL HOME.