Highway to Heaven
George High was driving his truck near Salt Lake City two days before Thanksgiving when he fell ill, knowing George would not stop until he was safely home, and unable to convince him to seek care his wife, Laura set out in their personal vehicle to meet George on the road. Unable to reach George by phone and inexplicably unable to get his co-driver to follow her direction to seek immediate medical care, she feared the worst as she traveled over 400 miles to get to George. When she met up with the truck in Cedar City Utah, she found George barely responding and called 911. Sadly, George died in the hospital with Laura by his side.
George had become a United legend after driving for United Van Lines for 18 years.George helped other drivers load and unload their trailers. Nothing was too much trouble for George. I was team driving with my wife 17 years ago and have fond memories of the three of us laughing and joking as we worked in a trailer (seemed to always be my trailer.)
George and his wife, Laura were blessed with kids. George had kids of his own and took over fathering for Laura's two, and 7 grandkids between them. They were caring for a one-year-old and a 2 ½ year old brother and sister foster children as well as raising a 5-year-old granddaughter as legal guardians.
Laura and George recently bought 5 acres in Rosamond, CA with a home and a guest house to raise all these kids.
It’s true we have lost George’s laugh, smile and cheerfulness and his willingness to jump in and help all those he came in contact with. We have lost his counsel and strength. With George being so generous (like supporting children , grandchildren and foster kids even though they weren’t his kids) and dying at 56 was not part of his plan. His death has left Laura strapped for cash.
So now we all have a chance to flow back towards George’s wife and family some of the energy George flowed his whole short life to others. If you never met George but have respect for truck drivers ,who work long hours ,away from their families a few dollars to help Laura would say thank you to all the dedicated truck drivers that serve our country so well. We are thankful that George has shared his life with us. Men, women and children are alive today because George lived. Thank you, George, for coming to us at this time and let us be thankful for the life you have lived.
The home and five acres that Laura and George were working on together will need a little more creating. Without George’s energy and skill, it can be done by others with the success of this go-fund me campaign.
I’m sure George will still be driving on the big highway in the sky. Not sure whether he will be driving a truck or a chariot filled with angels and I don’t know if he will have to keep a log book, but with your help George’s legacy of the 5 acres in Rosamond will become a small piece of heaven for Laura and their many kids.
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