May 16, 1924 – April 22, 2013
After a full life of 88 years well lived in California’s gold country, Mr. George W. Sleep, of Placerville, in April escaped his earthly bonds and entered heavenly pastures. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Grass Valley. After graduating from Grass Valley High School, he served his country as Electricians Mate 2nd Class in World War II for the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He married Lillian in 1947 and they raised two daughters. After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration at Golden Gate College he went to work for the State of California’s Board of Equalization and earned a respected reputation over his 38-year career as Auditor of El Dorado County.
During that time, George’s firm belief in giving back to his community was evident through his involvement in civic, business, and church organizations. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 23 in Grass Valley since 1942, member of the VFW in Placerville, the Boy Scout Troup Scoutmaster, member and past president of the Kiwanis Club in Placerville, member and past president of the El Dorado Shriners Club, member of the Episcopal Church of our Savior in Placerville (for more than 50 years), serving several years as a Senior Warden and an Associate Bethel Guardian of El Dorado Bethel 352, International order of Job’s Daughters. He was particularly proud of his work to provide hospital care for children as a Shrine Sponsor for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
George was a doer, as evidenced by his organizing and serving as president of the original Hangtown Boat Club in 1964. He and his family enjoyed many boating excursions to the scenic lakes of the Sierra foothills, and he had a special fondness for the Sly Park Recreation Area. He was also appointed as a representative to the El Dorado County Recreation Commission, actively working to preserve and enhance the outdoor beauty of the region for residents and visitors alike.
Surviving family includes his two daughters, Georgia Dixon and Lou Ann Reynolds; four grandchildren, Justin and Kimberly Murray, Julianne Murray and Michelle Reynolds; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kaden Marez-Murray.
A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m., at Westwood Hills Memorial Park, 2720 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.