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George Stanley McJannet

July 17, 1928 - October 19, 2016

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George Stanley McJannet was born July 17, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to George and Sophia McJannet. He passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2016.
George was raised in Honolulu with his sister, Ina, until 1932, when his father, a Chief Petty Officer on submarines, was transferred by the US Navy to San Diego.
George graduated from Hoover High in 1945, and then attended San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. He then went on to UCLA, earning his Master's Degree in Geology. During his years there, he mapped areas around...

George Stanley McJannet was born July 17, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to George and Sophia McJannet. He passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2016.
George was raised in Honolulu with his sister, Ina, until 1932, when his father, a Chief Petty Officer on submarines, was transferred by the US Navy to San Diego.
George graduated from Hoover High in 1945, and then attended San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. He then went on to UCLA, earning his Master's Degree in Geology. During his years there, he mapped areas around California, Nevada, and other western states.
In 1948, George earned his pilot's license from local San Diego aviator, Bob Gibbs, flying a Ryan PT-22, and cemented his love for flying. This love led him to enlist in the USAF in 1952. He graduated a member of class 52-F, from Reese Air Force Base, and started flying B-25s. Later he was assigned to Strategic Air Command, and moved on to B-29s, C-97s and C-47s. It was there where he met his long time friend and future best man, Bill Jacobus. George met his future wife, Jean Denham, through Bill and his future wife Nancy, while they were enrolled at Stanford.
George and Jean were married in 1954 in Palo Alto, CA. As newlyweds, they moved to Los Angeles, to Reno, NV, then to Salt Lake City, where they began raising their family. George began his illustrious career with Standard Oil in Salt Lake City, then was transferred to Casper, Wyoming, and finally to Bakersfield, CA, in 1967. This is where they eventually settled and called home.
After leaving Standard Oil to spend more time with his family, George eventually came to work for the US Department of Energy at Elk Hills, CA, and was instrumental in developing new ways of exploring for oil, via horizontal drilling and deep well exploration. He was an active member of the Kern Geological Society for many years. He was also key in many discoveries of oil and gas in Elk Hills. In 1996, after 21 years of service, he retired.
He spent his retired years playing in his yard, doing chores for Jean until her passing, and caring for their many animals, including cats, dogs, and tortoises. He also helped teach young children to read at the local elementary school, and supported many local charities, including SPCA, Alpha Canine Sanctuary, and Honor Flight. George was a music aficionado; he enjoyed playing the piano, and attending the Bakersfield Symphony each month.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jean, his son Bruce, and his sister Ina. He is survived by his children, Lynne Myers (Joe Myers), Beth McJannet, Robert McJannet, and Jim McJannet (Peggy McJannet), and his grandchildren, Mark and William Myers, and Kelsey and Jacob McJannet.
A viewing will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, at 4pm, with services and celebration of life on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 10:00am. He will be buried in a private ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kern County Honor Flight, the local SPCA, Alpha Canine Sanctuary, Optimal Hospice, or any other charity of your choice .



Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 2, 2016
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Arrangements under the direction of Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, Bakersfield, CA.