George H. Clausen of Woodlake died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Dec. 10, 2005.

He was born in Mesa, Ariz. on Feb. 27, 1959. He was passionate about his son, George Ian, trains, sports and cuisine. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who enjoyed his charm, sense of humor and fine cooking.

Those he worked with at the Foodlink program in Lemon Cove will remember him for his sensitive nature. Over the years he watched many of the local children grow up as he engineered the train in Rotary Park's Playland and where he was the ride manager.

He officiated high school basketball and water polo games in Tulare and Kings counties. He coached water polo and swimming. In addition to his son, George, he is survived by his father, George G. Clausen of Woodlake; and sisters, Margaret Head of Bakersfield, Nancy Gordon of Davis, and Kathy de Contrears of Fresno.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church Foodlink program, P.O. Box 44141, Lemon Cove, CA 93244, or to the Fresno Rotary Park Playland/Storyland, 890 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno 93728.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 at Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences may be made at

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