George D. Carpenter

12/23/1936 — 08/23/2021

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Fri, September 17, 2021, 2:00 pm
Fri, September 17, 2021, 5:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

George D. Carpenter

George D. Carpenter, age 84, passed away on August 23, 2021, from lingering complications of fungal meningitis.

George was born in Monroe, Michigan, where he attended school until he moved with his mother and siblings to Bakersfield, California in July 1948.  He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1954, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1967 from San Fernando Valley State College while raising 4 kids and working full time.

George met the love of his life, Jeannie Sabin, in August 1953 and they officially became a couple in September that same year.  The two were married on December 13, 1955.  They raised three daughters and a son, who gave them 6 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 2 great grandchildren.

George worked at the fruit sheds each summer during junior and senior high school.  He started his professional career with Atomics International in Canoga Park, California, in 1956.  George moved the family to Richland, Washington, in 1967 to work a short time for Battelle before his scope was split off to Westinghouse Hanford Company.  Most of his time with WHC was as a Health Physics Manager.  He retired from Hanford in December 1994.

George was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for several years and served as Scoutmaster.  He was the Master of Ceremony for the annual Desert Thistle Pipe Band for about 20 years.  He was an active member of the Hanford Speaker’s Bureau.  George taught numerous computer classes at the Richland Community Center.  He was involved with and a member of the board for the Richland Seniors Association for many years.

George loved to travel and took his family on many trips – twice across the USA, stopping at all the important sites, and many camping trips in the West and Canada.  He and Jean traveled to Europe twice and to Africa.

George will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, sibling, and friend.  His dry wit and teasing will be greatly missed.

George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Carpenter; his children and their spouses – Charissa and Harold Flamenbaum, Lisa and Harry Scribner, Lauren and Wayne Parchen, and Keith and Monique Carpenter; grandkids Rachel and Stephanie Flamenbaum, Lillie Scriber, and Marcus, Ivry, Tahlia, David, and Andrea Carpenter; great grandkids Jordyn Willis and Jonah Carpenter; siblings Lola (Max) Lathum and Ralph Carpenter.

A celebration of life will be held on September 17, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Einan’s at Sunset Event Center with reception to follow.  The service will be live streamed from George’s obituary on Einan’s web site for those unable to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity or to the WSU College of Nursing’s Tri-Cities Scholarship for Geriatric Studies,, (800) 448-2978.

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  • It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of George Carpenter, a true gentleman and a colleague and friend of many years duration. We had worked together at what is now PNNL several decades ago, as coprofessionals and section managers. He was an exemplary professional health physicist and a fine manager, caring of his staff and devoted to the basic health physics principle of protecting people and the environment from the potential harmful effects of ionizing radiation while at the same time permitting its use for beneficial purposes. He had care for people and a great sense of humor, and I frequently teased him about his red hair (my wife is also redhaired) with the nickname “Big Red”. Many of his numerous small perhaps but nonetheless important will remain in the memory of those who knew him. So long, George, and rest well in the world that follows this one.

    Ron Kathren
    September 19, 2021
  • Keith,
    So sorry for your loss. The loss of a Father is really hard (I still miss my Dad). My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

    Carl Hanson
    September 8, 2021
    West Richland, WA
  • Keith, I’m sorry for your loss. It is good to know your Dad’s wit and teasing lives on in you. My sympathies to you and your family.

    Jeff Boettger
    September 3, 2021
    Kennewick, WA
  • The loss of a loved one is so difficult. My deepest sympathy to your entire family.

    Terry Jones
    August 30, 2021
    Moxee, WA
  • Lauren my condolences on the loss of your father. Wanda McCollom

    Wanda Mccollom
    August 29, 2021
  • I’m so sorry for your loss. George was my very first and best boss at Westinghouse Hanford back in1974. I will always remember what a good time we had at the numerous AA ( attitude adjustment) meetings we had at various bar venues in town. He was my boss model I used when I became a boss. Our group was very special because of George’s leadership and knowledge… I learned so much from him. Jeanie and George were so much fun to be around- such fond memories.

    Jerry Stangeland
    August 27, 2021
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