George Herbert Field
George Herbert Field
  • September 2, 1925 - May 18, 2017
  • Mechanicsville, Virginia

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George Herbert "Sandy" Field, 91, was born in Colorado on September 2, 1925, to the late William D. and Eveyley (Miller) Field. The family moved to Los Angeles, California, where George's mother died when he was 14. After overcoming struggles growing up, George graduated in 1942 from Bishop High School and immediately joined the Navy. He was stationed on the USS Miami (CL-89) as part of the staff of the Commander Cruiser Division 14. Shortly, he was transferred to USS Vincennes (CL-64), where he spent the rest of his service, obtaining the rank Radarman 3rd Class. In 1945, George transferred to Treasure Island to prepare to separate from the Navy. While there, he met Sonia Stowell, and they married. They moved to Los Angeles and had two children, Tanya and George Jr. There was a great demand for housing after the war and George began working as a carpenter, framing houses. He started building houses on his own and became very successful. After obtaining his Contractor License's in 1947 George purchased an apartment building, later buying an apartment complex. In 1960, he joined the Masonic Lodge and was a very active member. George became a Shriner in 1965. In 1971, George invested in land adjacent to the Colorado River, developing three resorts, River Lodge, Castle Rock Shores and Black Meadow Landing. After a short illness, Sonia passed away in 1994. George was later introduced to Frances (Booker) Haven by a mutual friend. They fell in love, were married in 1998, and settled in Arizona. They were very generous and donated money to many charitable causes such as Shriners Hospital for Children; they are Principal Benefactors at The Mayo Clinic, and helped countless individuals in need. They eventually moved to the East Coast where George retired at 80. The two acquired a condo in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and settled to their estate in Virginia. After years of battling sickness, George passed away on May 18, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at