George Michael Constantino

He loved life and led it as rapidly as the days came. From being an avid reader to diving 100 feet almost every week as a scuba diving instructor or conducting a Catholic prayer group, he merged his activities easily among his passion for God and helping others through his friendship.

He was born on November 13, 1949 in Redlands, California and died in his sleep June 6, 2022, in Folkston, at the age of 72.

After growing up in Banning, California, he attended Humboldt College where he earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management and was hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) at 19 years old. After 43 years in the USFW, he retired. His work took him to Montana, Nevada, Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) as a biologist, Blackwater Refuge in Eastern Maryland, Cibola NWR as the manager before he was 30 years old. After Cibola, he became the Assistant Manager of Wichita Mountains NWR, then onto 11 years managing two more Refuges in Oregon (Malheur and the Umatilla Refuge Complex). Alaska is where he spent 16 years as a supervisor of refuges and later as Chief of Policy and Planning before ending his final assignment as Manager of Okefenokee NWR in Folkston. After retirement, he and his wife served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Armenia for 27 months. His next adventure was to be a scuba diving instructor and taught at Divers Den in St. Mary’s, GA.

He was dedicated to learning what he was passionate about. He enjoyed teaching and sharing this knowledge. The last two years he taught a Confirmation Class and was instrumental in planning for Cursillo using zoom meetings and his technical skills.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Flor; daughter, Amber Forth, her husband, Landon, live in Anchorage, AK with their children, Kyler, Rylan, and Aubrey; son, George, named after him, lives in Jacksonville, FL; son, Nicholas Constantino, wife Tina, live in Anchorage, AK with sons, Cooper and Jax. George leaves a sister, Rose Constantino Lee in Victorville, CA. Along with a brother, John Constantino of Fortuna, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the charities that George contributed toward: www.OneHundredMiles.org which protects the Georgia coast or Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at support.crs.org which works to aid people in need.

The family thanks all the friends, family and his former work associates that have sent an outpouring of messages to them. He made our world a better place and is dearly missed. A service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, July 27, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Church, 2111 Muldoon Rd. at 5:30 p.m. with a reception following.

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