George E. Propst of Salinas, Calif. died March 2, 2001 after a brief illness. He was 80.
He was born May 18, 1920 in Denver, but was raised on the John Bitzer ranch west of Steamboat Springs. Growing up in Steamboat Springs, he and his brother Charles were known as the Bitzer boys. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1938.
In 1942, he went to work for Paramount Studios in Los Angeles then to Salinas in 1948 where he worked for the Moss Landing power plant. He worked as an electrician for many years until his retirement and continued his tax and consulting business until recently.
He was an avid amateur radio operator and private pilot. Mr. Propst served on the Salinas Airport Commission for 12 years and was a member of the board of directors of Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Irene Propst of Salinas, Calif., daughter, Peggy Propst of Salinas, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John S. Bitzer and Gertrude N. Propst Bitzer, early Routt County ranchers; two brothers, Charles Propst and Franklin Bitzer; and a son, Michael Propst in 1974.