Just a few months following his 89th birthday, Vernon A. “Doc” Georgetta left us and found peace on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Long-Term Care facility in his beloved home of Lakeview.
Vernon A. “Doc” Georgetta was born in Dolores, Colo., near Durango, on April 30, 1924, the second child of Arthur Georgetta and Hildegard Ruth (Loftquist) Georgetta. His father died when Doc was 11, an event that deeply touched him throughout his years. Colorado remained Doc’s home through much of high school, where he played basketball, a sport he loved and followed closely his entire life. His mother remarried and his family moved to Hailey, Idaho, where Doc continued to play ball and graduated with the class of 1942. His family then moved to the Winston area of Oregon and eventually settled in Lakeview in 1946.
Doc met the love of his life in November of that year and he married Elaine Koefoed on July 1, 1947, in Reno. Elaine was a fourth-generation pioneer of Lake County and had just graduated from Lakeview High School a mere one month before. Following the birth of their two children, Gene and Kris, the family moved to their home north of Lakeview in the spring of 1956, where Doc remained until very near the end.
Doc was a man of the woods, having driven logging truck in his early years, and retiring a shipping superintendent with Louisiana-Pacific in 1982. He fell in love with the game of golf in his early 30s while working on the club house at what is now LakeRidge Golf Club. It was a love that he shared with Elaine and their kids. He played most weekends and nearly every day of retirement until an elbow surgery sidelined him a few years ago. He deeply missed playing the game and sharing a beer with the “boys” after the round. He was a tenacious putter and had a deep sense of fair play.
He and Elaine enjoyed routine trips to Reno and Tahoe, particularly if Engelbert Humperdink was performing. Doc was also not one to pass on a poker machine or two and spent many hours playing the odds.
Doc was also a wonderful carpenter and had a natural sense of mechanics. He could build or fix nearly anything he touched and could do math in his head like no other. He also loved to chop wood, each year bringing “rounds” in to split and store for the upcoming winter. He had a deep love for animals, religiously feeding the quail throughout the winters, and enjoying the companionship of the family cats—most recently that of “Lucille” and “Margaret.”
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Heldegard Ruth Georgetta; his wife, Elaine; and brother, Troy Georgetta, of Carson City, Nev.
He is survived by his son, Eugene Arthur Georgetta of Portland; his daughter and son-in-law, Kerry Kristine and Steve Brey, of Richland, Wash.; three granddaughters, Abigail Hansen Georgetta, Emma Kate Georgetta and Molly Margaret Georgetta all of Portland; his sister, Betty Jane Kidd and family of Redmond; brother-in-law, Ken Koefoed and wife, Lois, of Sacramento, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews, and so very many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be so appreciated to the Oregon Outback Humane Society, PO Box 206, Lakeview 97630.
Funeral Services will be held at Ousley, Osterman, Huffstutter Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Raymond Hopp officiating.
Interment will be under a huge pine tree in the West Side cemetery. Casket bearers are Rob Nichols, Scott Christensen, Jake Conklin, Jim Gipson, Kevin Samples and Vern Koefoed.
Honorary casket bearers are Bob Gale, Gale Plato, Frank Logan, Ken Koefoed, Wayne Kidd and Richard Kidd.
A luncheon will be served at the Lakeridge Golf course following the burial.