George Delphon Chouinard
April 19, 1936 – November 20, 2019
George is survived by his Wife Caroline of 57 years and Sons Damian and Richard, Rick’s wife Juli and George’s Granddaughter, Amanda. George was born to George D. Chouinard, Sr. and Helena Chouinard (nee Rogers) in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was also the middle child of 5 brothers and is survived by his younger Brothers Gerald and James.
George’s Family moved to Denver, CO. when he was quite young. After graduating from South High School, he enlisted in the army. He served two years in Tokyo after training as a Cryptographer. While there, he developed his long time love for Asian Art. When he returned to the States, he and his brother Jerry entered CU at Boulder where George pursued another interest, Architecture. George began his working career on the staff of a small company designing homes and businesses in the Denver area. He met and married Caroline and together with their two young Sons, they settled near Cleveland.
George quickly advanced his career, managing major projects including a project in the early 1960’s for a self-generating Caterpillar plant. After he and his family moved to California, he was sent to Singapore to oversee the design and construction of the new airport. George worked all over the world and spent many years at the top of large engineering/construction firms as CEO. In 1974, George’s career brought him and his family to Paris, France. George ran the Paris Branch of Morrison-Knudson along with 2 other European branches.
The French experience stoked George and Caroline’s long-held dream to start a winery. After returning from France, they settled in Palomares Canyon, an ideal setting to raise their sons and begin a new winery. Under George’s care the vineyards were planted and the old redwood barn on the property was remodeled and equipped as a winery. The winery won many awards including top recognition in state and international competitions. For 30 plus years under his supervision the winery featured local artists and musicians. George made many close friends from visitors who visited his family winery.
Even though the winery kept him busy, George had many outside interests. He was an avid collector and above all, he had a burning passion for history and politics. He was a lifelong and unabashed liberal, strongly committed to fairness and equality. He was committed to giving back to the community. George served on several non-profit boards and supported numerous local fundraisers and fundraising events.
George’s force of will was strong to the very end and stopped only by a litany of health problems. He will be hugely missed by his many friends and his family. A celebration of his life will be held in the Spring. Any contribution can be made in George’s name to the Cancer Society.