George C. Mayo, known as a kind and devoted Christian, went home to his savior on Feb. 20, 2020. He was 88.
George and his wife of 64 years, Dorothy, moved to Pleasanton, California, in 1969, and lived in the same Pleasanton Valley home the rest of his life. They raised their family of five children there, while George ran Mayo Radiator in Oakland, a business he purchased from his father. At its height, he was distributing radiators and accessories to more than 2,700 customers, prompting him to purchase the first computer installed at an automotive business in Oakland in 1983, according to a trade magazine.
He enjoyed more than 30 years of retirement, traveling the country with his wife. The family also enjoyed outings to their second home in Arnold, California, where George could pursue his passion for fishing and spending time with the family. He also enjoyed fishing in Alaska.
He and Dorothy sang in the choir at GraceWay Church in Pleasanton for many years. He also marched in the church’s Balloon Platoon and participated in weekly Bible studies. In retirement, he spent nine years as a volunteer at Stanford ValleyCare Hospital in Pleasanton. He also enjoyed golf and scored two holes-in-one. He was known for his sense of humor, often expressed in puns.
He was born in Oakland, California, the only child of Clyde and Helen Mayo. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers, and later attended the University of California, Berkeley, before venturing into business.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and three children, Lou Ann Perry of Redlands, California, Edward Mayo (Tina) of Tracy, California, and Christina Anderson of Redding, California.
He also is survived by 12 grandchildren, Benjamin Wigley (Maricris), Sadie Conoty Vargas (Christie), Kevin Mayo, Hallie Mayo, Kayla Ferreira (John), Hannah Mayo, Elizabeth Perry, Emily Perry, and Emma, Jacob, Sarah and Daniel Anderson; and five great-grandchildren, Mark Gulfan, Kaitlynn Wigley, Annalise Jordan, Everly Jordan and newborn Johnny Fowler. He was predeceased by two children, James and Laura Mayo.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at GraceWay Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his honor to the Salvation Army or a favorite charity.