- Published on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
George William Murrell Nutting, beloved father and devoted husband, passed unexpectedly on January 6, 2012 just 2 weeks shy of his 99th birthday.
Born in Durango, Colorado on January 20, 1913 to George William and Flora Gertrude Nutting. A graduate of the University of Nevada his first job was teaching 8 grades in a one-room schoolhouse near a mining camp in Ely, Nevada. When the mine went bust so did the school and he headed to New York City. A veteran of the US Army he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. After the war he returned to New York City for a period before heading west to Southern California to try his luck. Here he hit the jackpot. While working in retail at Bullock’s Pasadena he met fellow employee Charlotte Gustafson. Married in 1949 they enjoyed 61 years together until Charlotte’s passing in 2010. Resident of Los Altos since 1960. George and Charlotte traveled the world with especially memorable trips to Russia, Sweden and Brazil. He was employed by McCall Pattern Company for many years as a sales representative for the Western States and Hawaii. He very much enjoyed the travel this job required. Upon retirement from McCall he continued part time work as a promotional salesman first for Fred Stoffel Associates and then for Geiger Brothers. An avid golfer he continued playing up until his 96th year. He shot his age or better many times.
His sister Jane Watkins predeceased him. He is survived by his son George Nutting of Los Altos, niece Linda Pitt of Norman, OK and her family, nephew Steven Watkins of Baton Rouge, LA and his family, and the families of his wife’s brothers Carlton, Paul and Don Gustafson. He was a fine man and is greatly missed. A celebration of his life was held on his 99th birthday.