George Lawrence Sutton, 74, of Fredericksburg, passed away August 28, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born July 10, 1947, in Cheverly, Md., the youngest of three boys, to the late Thomas Allen Sutton Sr. and Ruby Edna Sutton.
George attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he found a passion for track and lettered in his sophomore year. George loved to run relays and sprints and competed in track until he graduated in 1965.
In 1966, he enlisted in the United States, where he served as a meteorologist at several posts, including the U.S. Naval Station in Argentina, Newfoundland. After his honorable discharge in 1970, he went on to work for the United States Postal Service. During that time, George attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1978.
After graduation, he continued his career with the federal government, working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Soil and Water Conservation Service for 24 years. In 2005, George retired from federal service after 40 years. He then spent the final 13 years of his career working for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in protected open-space easement stewardship before retiring in 2017.
George had many passions in life. He was a car enthusiast and had a special love for Corvettes. George also had a lifelong passion for music, especially Bob Dylan, and a love of nature and all things outdoors. He spent much of his free time fly fishing, snow skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking, playing tennis, attending concerts, drinking microbrews and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Janice S. Sutton; his children from a prior marriage, daughter Laura Sutton Biggers and husband Jon Biggers along with their children Andy and Hope; his son, Timothy Dylan Sutton and wife Gretchen Sutton along with their son Kaiden; his brother, Thomas Sutton Jr. and wife Linda; his brother-in-law, Ed Somerville; his sister-in-law, Lori Nicholson and husband Greg, and many beloved cousins, nephews and a niece.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at the Baker-Post Funeral Home, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas. A celebration of George’s life will begin at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with inurnment taking place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy (http://www.preserve.nature.org
), The Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org
), or Capital Caring Health Hospice, c/o the Adler Center for Caring, 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, Va. 20105 (http://www.capitalcaring.org
Condolences may be offered at www.bakerpostfh.com