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Death: George Harding Mortimer

George Harding Mortimer, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died February 22, 1998.

He was born in Provo, Utah on 18 November 1903. After graduating from Brigham Young University in May 1925, he served as a missionary in the Swiss German mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1938 he graduated with a J.D. from George Washington University, where he earned the highest GPA of any student at that time in the law school. Mr. Mortimer was an Examiner in the U.S. Patent Office from 1931-1937. He was associated with the Colgate-Palmolive Co. from 1943-1967, during which time he became Assistant General Counsel and Patent Counsel to the company. He was a solo practitioner in New York City from 1967-1980 and then moved his practice to Provo, Utah. In 1975, Mr. Mortimer was the general attorney for the LDS Church-financed building at No. 2 Lincoln Center. His responsibilities included locating a site for the building, negotiating its purchase, hiring the architect and supervising construction and, later, preparation of leases in the building, which is currently known as the New York Visitors' Center. He served the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his entire life, during which he held the offices of Bishop, Stake President (18 years), Regional Representative, and Patriarch.George Harding Mortimer, a member of the Order of the Coif, belonged to the honorary engineering fraternities Sigma Tau and Gamma Eta Gamma.

Mr. Mortimer is survived by his wife, Rosalie Rebollo Pratt; his children from his first marriage to Veda Porter Mortimer (died 1978), George A. Mortimer of Farmington, Utah, Jean Martin of Pittsfield, Illinois, and William Mortimer of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and their children and grandchildren; and two step-daughters, Francesca Rebollo-Sborgi of New York City and Alessandra P. Jones of West Plains, Missouri, and their children. Mr Mortimer is also survived by his sisters, Ireta Baker of Beaver, Utah, and Lillian Young of Provo, Utah; and a brother, William J. Mortimer of Pocatello, Idaho.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service that will be held at the Edgemont 14th Ward chapel, 4000 Foothill Dr., Provo, Utah, on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in the name of George H. Mortimer, to the Brigham Young Law School Scholarship fund, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

Arrangements under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary.

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