George Henry Crites, Jr.
  • If you prefer to make a donation "In Memory of George Crites" in lieu of flowers, the family suggests LaPaz Community School, an International non-profit with the objective of educating and preparing underprivileged students to become thoughtful citizens.
  • World Children's Project
    2880 Arrowhead Street
    Eugene, OR 97404

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“So sorry to hear about George's passing. He was our pastor at Christian Chapel for over 10 years...he was the best pastor I ever had....I thank God...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Carole Mehaffie - Chino, CA

“George H. Crites will always be OUR Pastor. We love you. Jim & Roselyn Craft ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Pastor George will always have a special place in my heart. He had a life long influence on me and Iam thankful to Jesus that I was apart of his life...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Charlene Leal - Ontario, CA

“Teresa and family I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. We have lost a great man of God, husband and father. Karl and I were touched deeply by...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jeannie Pongs - Lake Arrowhead, CA

“My friend & shipmate, George Jr. Crites. A wonderful person who brings positive vibrations every ware he walks. My Condolences Teresa &...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Frankie Evangelista - Agana, Guam

“Teresa and Kimmy I am so sorry for your loss. George helped my children and me through the most difficult time in our lives. His compassion and...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lydia Senteno - Rialto, CA

“Im so sorry for your loss, Teresa. My prayers are with you. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Zunde - Diamond Bar, CA

“I'm sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. ...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“We were so fortunate to have been a part of your family! You were such a warm, loving man and we will miss you!Love Sharon and Larry ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon and Larry Rashkow


George Henry Crites, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on October 2, 2017. His beautiful and adoring wife, Teresa Dengler Crites, was at his side, and he was surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.

George was born on September 4, 1939 to parents Bertha Leona Hickethier and George Henry Crites, Sr. at his grandparents' ranch home in the hills of Drain, Oregon. After graduating from high school, being a young man with an adventuresome spirit, he joined the U.S. Army in 1958. He was honorably discharged in 1965 after serving his country for seven years.

George's natural leadership abilities led him to a management position with Thrifty Drug Company, in Eugene, Oregon. Quickly moving up the company ladder, he became the youngest store manager in the Thrifty chain. Later, he was transferred to southern California, where he raised his daughter Kimberly Anne, and his son Kevin Andrew, in Walnut, California. Kevin predeceased him on May 29, 1992 at the age of 28.

George was a dynamic and energetic one-of-a-kind man. Over his lifetime, he was a charismatic Christian minister who touched thousands of lives; a trusted counselor to those who sought his guidance and wisdom; and at age 67, he answered a seafaring call of the heart joining the Military Sealift Command. He was very proud to say he was the oldest crew member on his ship and stayed with the Command until he retired at age 71.

George was an enthusiastic believer in smiling at strangers first. He also believed in, and lived by example, lavishing compliments and praise upon anyone near him (men and women alike) both in public and private. He always made it his mission to inquire of others about their lives - even during his long and valiant battle with cancer. George always put his troubles aside to get involved with people, and usually encouraged others to join him in the limelight.

Without exception, whoever met George left the encounter calling him friend. He was full to the brim and overflowing with compassion, kindness, generosity, and a will to love others unconditionally. He had a rare gift of being able to challenge others to rise to their greatest potential.

He was a most handsome husband and father, a warm and gracious host, full of star quality, who shared his heart and his vibrant life without reservation.

We love you, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, pastor, friend….you will be greatly missed.

George is survived by his wife Teresa; daughter Kimberly Clancy; son-in-law Michael Clancy; brothers Richard Crites, Robert Crites; sisters Bonita Powell, Linda Williams; grandchildren Ryan, Taylor, Cody, Prosperity; brothers-in-law Donald Williams, Eugene Bell, Robert Hauducoeur, Leonard Dodson, John Dengler; sisters-in-law Dalva Crites, Kathryn Bell, Mary Pat Hauducoeur, Kimberly Dodson, and 17 nieces and nephews.

To watch George's Memorial video prepared by Kim Dodson click here: https://youtu.be/SJCjC4pQ3Pg

If you prefer to make a charitable donation "In Memory of George Crites" in lieu of flowers, the family suggests LaPaz Community School, an International non-profit with the objective of educating and preparing underprivileged students to become thoughtful citizens. George's nephew, Brian Crites, is a founding member and active director of LaPaz Community School/World Children's Project a US 501(c)3 organization. Tax ID 42-1649091.

To donate now click here: www.lapazschool.org/donate_now/