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1937 George 2014

George Perkins

July 11, 1937 — January 19, 2014

George W Perkins, 76, passed away on Sunday January 19th, 2014 at UVRMC after three surgeries. The first was to place a pace maker. The second and third were due to an aggressive brain tumor discovered directly after the initial surgery.

George W Perkins was born to Earl Hanson Perkins and Tamar Ann Young in Tremonton, Utah on July 11, 1937. George grew up in a family of four tough cowboys and one beautiful sister. The boys in the family were expected to rope, ride horses, and move cattle from the time they were able to balance on a horse.

In May of 1955, he graduated from San Juan High School with the 25 other students in his graduating class. George attended Brigham Young University before and after his mission. He served a northern Far East mission in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Sendai, Japan. LDS missions were shortened to 2 1/2 years which he completed. Then he returned to BYU where he met Jenny at a dance. In October 1961, he married his sweetheart in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He was surprised and delighted just as his patriarchal blessing said he would be.

He received a B.A. in Asiatic Studies from BYU, and then an M.A. and PhD. from Stanford University. He served 2 years active duty in the US Army in Fukuoka, Japan. He was a recipient of the National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship. He lectured in Japanese at both Stanford University, California and Auckland University, New Zealand. He attended a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at Princeton University. His major publication was The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period 1185-1333.

George's honorary awards included: A Travel Award from the Committee on Selections and Awards for the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He also received a Stanford University Graduate Award as well as a California State Graduate Award.

He gleefully received employment at BYU where he taught Japanese Literature and Language (pre-modern and modern), and Japanese Literary and Historical texts for 33 years. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada.

He served in many callings for the LDS church including: Young Men's, Stake Clerk, Stake Young Men's President, Bishopric, and Branch President at the MTC. He was currently serving a mission with Jenny at the Lindon Bishop's Storehouse.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny and his children; Lori and Dan Cunningha!!m, Priscilla and David Tidwell, Tess and Tom Bennett, John and Heather Perkins, Georgina and John Jarvie, and Amy and Troy Porter. He has 21 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
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