Dr. George Cleveland Timmons, age 92, died peacefully at home in Portland, Oregon on March 4, 2013. He was born on August 16, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota to parents George Cleveland Timmons, Sr. and Frances Garske Timmons. When he was 12, George moved with his family from Minnesota, eventually settling in Portland. He graduated from Benson H.S.,attended University of Portland, and in 1937 enlisted in the National Guard. In 1940, he was transferred into the regular army and served in the 41st Division where he was part of an elite army band. He remained in combat in the South Pacific throughout the War.
In 1948, George graduated from Oregon State University, pursuing a career in public school education. That same year he married Margaret Louise Bettis. They had four children. In 1964, he was awarded the Doctor of Education degree (D.Ed.) from the University of Oregon and later became full professor and assistant dean in the School of Education at Portland State University. In 1980, George launched his big band: Dr. T and His Orchestra, performing regionally until he was 90. Dr. T performed for Portland State University Spring and Summer Commencements for many years up to August 2012.
George is survived by his wife Margaret; his 4 children, Jill Timmons (Sylvain Frémaux), Robin Malony (Larz), Dale Timmons(Pamela), and Mamie (KenJones); brother Archie; 12 grandchildren, and 3 great‐grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Adelaide Peterkort and Elizabeth SanChez.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at Finley Sunset Hills Chapel Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations to the Portland Metro Salvation Army are suggested.