George Raymond Fortun JD '63

George Raymond Fortun


George Raymond Fortun JD ’63 died January 17, 2014, in Portland. He was 89.

George was born March 4, 1924, to Matt Fortun and Anne Marie Kolich in Anaconda, Montana. After service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1945, George attended Carroll College in Butte, Montana, before earning a degree from the University of Portland in 1950. 

George sold heavy equipment for Allis-Chalmers and Star Machinery before beginning a long career with Farmers Home Mutual Insurance, retiring in 1989 as a regional vice president. He loved fishing, camping, traveling, and socializing with his family and many friends. George was a member of Holy Cross Parish for 64 years, where he served on the school board, was a scoutmaster, and was a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

George is survived by his children John Wiley, Karen Driscoll, Brigid Allen, Anne Sibley, Kristen Hammonds, James Wiley, Kathi Johnston, and Mike Wiley; brothers Leonard and Ed; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Usselman Fortun, in 1970; second wife, Mary Owens Wiley Fortun, in 1994; parents; sister Helen; brother Matt; daughter Kathleen Novak; son-in-law Terry Allen; and three daughters who died at birth.