George Calvin Babcock, MD, passed away peacefully with hospice care at his beautiful home of 51 years in Cherry Hills, Colorado on December 26, 2019 at age 95.
He will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery on January 9, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.
A celebration of life service will follow at Bethany Lutheran Church on January 9, 2020 in the afternoon.
George was born in Moville, Iowa on December 17, 1924. He was the youngest child of Benjamin and Evalena Babcock. As a boy, he grew up helping out his family on their dairy farm.
When he was ready to start first grade, he is remembered as saying, “Tomorrow is the first day of school and I don’t know nothin.’”
He graduated from Moville High School in 1942 and enlisted in the army where he served as a medic in Belgium during World War II. After the allied victory, he used the GI bill to attend and graduate from The University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. He continued his studies and graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1954.
He practiced medicine for one year in Denver, Colorado and then did a Radiology residency at the University of Colorado. Following his residency, he joined the Air Force, where he was commissioned the rank of Captain and served four years at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
In 1963, he moved back to Denver and joined Rocky Mountain Radiologists at Lutheran Hospital. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Radiological Society in 1977 and 1978. In 1980, he was presented with the American College of Radiology Degree of Fellowship. He retired in 1989.
George was married in 1954 and he and his wife, Julie, raised three children. Many enjoyable family times were spent visiting family and friends in Iowa, Wisconsin and Virginia. He loved playing golf, especially at Valley Country Club where he was a member from 1967 to 2011. He spent much time in Frisco, Colorado at his condominium at Ten Mile Island where he enjoyed skiing, hiking, fishing and mountain biking.
He was very fond of traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe with his family including a raft trip through the Grand Canyon. He also traveled with his wife to the British Isles, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Israel.
One of the highlights of his retirement was being a special PopPop to his six grandchildren. He was passionate about watching all of the local sports teams, including season tickets to the Denver Broncos which ultimately enabled him to attend two consecutive Super Bowl games in 1987 and 1988.
His trademarks were half cups of coffee, grilling amazing steaks with olives and a tooth pick in the corner of his mouth. Sitting on his back deck watching the humming birds, sunsets and laughing with family, friends and visitors was another favorite pastime for him, and we all share those fond memories.
George was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills, Colorado for over 50 years until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents & siblings: Willard Babcock, Richard Babcock (Grace), Wayne Babcock (Ruth), Maryanna Harvey (Alan), Wilma Crabb (Cecil) and Harriet Coker (George).
George was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Julie, and his children: Susan, Jeff (Anne), Joel (Terisa): six grandchildren: Sean, Ryan, Kelly, Casey, Lindsey and Steven; and many nieces & nephews who adored and loved him, his humor, his smile and his beautiful heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Parkinson’s (https://parkinson.org/ways-to-give) Macular Degeneration (https://www.macular.org/how-donate#memorial) or FSH — FacioScapuloHumeral Dystrophy (https://fshsociety.org).