Juneau resident George A. Jefferson Jr., 72, died Oct. 1, 2003, at his home.
He was born July 17, 1931, in Red Bluff, Calif. to George A. and Irene (Caha) Jefferson. He graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore., in 1949. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1957 with a degree in agriculture sciences.
While in high school and in college, he enjoyed playing football and was very active in 4-H club activities, spending a year as an International Farm Youth Exchange student in Uruguay based in Palmer.
He was appointed as head of the Alaska Agriculture Revolving Loan Division in 1964. In 1970, he moved to Juneau to open the Juno Maid Drive-In Restaurant and opened the Black Angus Restaurant in 1980. He most recently operated the Thane Ore House with his eldest son.
His family said he "enjoyed all of the friendly people over the many years, especially the Southeast Panhandler functions and the Taku River Valley Association Annual Game Feed. He loved playing cards and was a renowned and nationally ranked cribbage player. In earlier years, he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman."
He was preceded in death by his father and two half-brothers.
He is survived by his mother, Irene Jefferson of Monmouth, Ore.; sisters Roseanne (Bob) Toney of Salem, Ore., and Barbara Jean (Earl) Gage of Monmouth; daughter Sharon (John) Mallinger of Auke Bay; sons George H. Jefferson and John Jefferson of Juneau; grandchildren Jacki and John G. Mallinger of Auke Bay; former wives Mary Jefferson of Juneau and Janet Jefferson of San Francisco, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family asks that donations be made in Jefferson's name to a charity of the donor's choice. Local memorial services will be announced at a later date. The family can be contacted at P.O. Box 211308, Auke Bay, AK 99821.
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