George Robert Mayo

April 5, 1940December 18, 2020

George Robert Mayo was born April 5, 1940 in Hanford, CA. George passed away at the age of 80 in Visalia, CA on December 18, 2020. He was raised by his parents, Albert and Grace Mayo in Hanford, CA where he attended local school including Woodrow Wilson and Hanford High School. He liked comic books and sports including track. If you knew George, you knew his first love was baseball! He was on the Varsity Baseball team all four years of high school. His main position was catcher. George also played Varsity basketball his junior & senior year, after being team captain of the B team his sophomore year. During his senior year, the Hanford Bullpups Varsity basketball team made All Valley Champions. George started and played the whole game. George graduated in 1958 along with his future wife, Mavis Wilson. These high school sweethearts were married on June 13,1959.

George was known for being a hard worker and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He started working at The Hanford Sentinel as a paper boy and worked there as a newlywed in the pressroom and circulation while his wife worked in the office. Other employers include Driskell’s, Kings County Animal Control and Standard Register. In his mid-20’s he was a self-employed hay hauler. George was hired by The City of Hanford’s Fire Department in 1970 as a firefighter. He attended College of the Sequoia completing fire science classes. He was promoted to fire engineer and escorted Santa Claus on his fire engine during some parades. He worked on his days “off” as a fulltime gardener. George was a true hero. He saved the lives of many including a brother fire fighter. He retired after 32 years as a fire captain. George loved fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. He loved a good campfire and chopped a lot of firewood. He was a dedicated recycler. George was a member of The First Baptist Church in Hanford, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mavis Mayo. His children, David Mayo of Hanford, CA, His daughter, Stephanie Pehrson (Rohn) of Tehachapi, CA and his son, Dr. Paul Mayo (Gina) of Visalia, CA. He has 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Corinne Mayo, Barbara Murch (Chuck), Melissa Ward, Winona Franks (Wayne), and Freda Wilson, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Albert & Grace Mayo. His brother, Donald R. Mayo, Commander USN.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Children’s Hospital in Madera, CA or Boston Children’s Hospital to the cardiac research dept.

A private service will be held with livestreaming on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A recording of the service will be available at the link below for those unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Live Stream will be on, , A collection of pictures will be available at the People’s Chapel legacy website.


22 January

Private Graveside Service

1:00 pm

Grangeville Cemetery

10428 14th Avenue
Armona, California


George Robert Mayo

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Shirley Joyner

January 18, 2021

I’ll never forget how him and Mavis would laugh at Lee McCullough every time Lee would mow his yard. Lee would always match his clothes from sun glasses down to his sandals. They were great neighbors. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Remember all the good times.

Corinne Mayo

January 14, 2021

A few years ago George and Mavis came to have Thanksgiving Dinner with our family in Roseville. At the dinner table when asked what he was most thankful for, he replied "I am most thankful for Mavis!

Judy Connelly

January 12, 2021

I worked with George at the old fire station on Lacey. At that time I was Secretary/Dispatcher. I really enjoyed working with him. He was always smiling and fun to be around. Great memories of him! Sure hope to see you up there someday! Love and prayers for your family.
Judy Connelly

Carroll Carter

January 12, 2021

Remembering his laugh both here in Oklahoma and during the four years that he and Mavis drove my wife and I up and down the coast and the mountains on 3-4 day excursions. He was selfless and genuine . Loved

Jean Neher

January 12, 2021

He was a great man.


January 12, 2021

I remember that Uncle George was one of the firemen who came when my Dad, Laroy Wilson, collapsed and died at the REHAB thrift store. He told me that he knew that my Dad was gone when he saw him and that he had wished that he had never seen him like that. It was a comfort to us to know that someone that knew him and loved him was there at that moment. Uncle George was always so kind and loving to me and my kids. He will truly be missed.

Wendy Hackney

January 12, 2021

He was a very caring and nice person who always treated us very well when ever we were around him and Mavis when we were with Stephanie (his daughter) , Rest In Peace.

Alvin Cardoza

December 31, 2020

My god bless his family, he was a great man always so kind .