Georges Pierre Odier
October 5, 2009
Georges Pierre Odier passed away on Aug. 31, 2009 at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was 77.
Born Oct. 18, 1931, Georges spent his childhood and youth in Marseille, France. He emigrated from France in 1951 with his long time friend Jean Jacques Andre. Settled in Canada where they worked on farms in Saskatchewan and lumber mills in British Columbia. Georges moved to Victoria, British Columbia and worked in the Water Rights Branch of the Provincial Government of British Columbia.
Georges was always an active outdoors man. He learned to ski with style at the old ski cabin on Mt. Brenton on Vancouver Island. He went on to Bloomfield Hills, Mich. to teach skiing for the Stein Erickson ski school, subsequently moving to Aspen. While in Aspen, Georges served a term as head of the Chamber of Commerce and was always involved with the community. His years in Aspen were some of the happiest and most fruitful of his life.
Soon Georges renewed his passion for fly-fishing. He worked at Chuck Fothergill’s Outdoor Sportsman and was active in organizations such as Trout and Ducks Unlimited. Georges had taken up fly-fishing with great enthusiasm and became a true expert. He practiced the catch and release advocated by his mentor Chuck Fothergill.
A few years after Chuck Fothergill retired, Georges did guiding in Alaska, traveled through much of the North American wilderness, and enjoyed many fishing trips with friends. He returned to Aspen to work for the Aspen Historical Society in the early 1990s. In his free time he took many trips to explore the canyons of Utah.
Georges was a prolific writer. He wrote for his own and his friends’ amusement, funny stories of history and wars. During his years in Aspen, Georges wrote “Swimming Flies, A Revolutionary Approach to Fly fishing” published in 1984. In 1998 and 1999, he also wrote articles for the Glenwood Post.
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Georges took some time out to travel and visit his family in France before returning to the United States to settle in Utah, living in Moab for the last 10 years. Here he pursued one of his major interests – ichnology (studies based on the discovery and analysis of burrows, tracks and trails of early mammals). He made his hobby of exploring the canyons of Utah into a full-time and passionate occupation. He worked with Fran Barnes and was determined that there should be recognition from the scientific community for the importance of mammal tracks in the Jurassic Period.
Georges wrote and published: “The Jurassic, A New Beginning” (August 2003), “The Jurassic, The Rise of the Mammals” (March 2004) and “The Jurassic, The Mammal Explosion” (August 2006). These books documented Georges’ findings in and around Moab. Recently he collaborated with Steve Hasiotis of the University of Kansas and led studies in the field around Moab.
Georges’ goal was to have recognition for his theory that small mammals were prolific in the Jurassic period.
At the onset of his illness he had just met with a freelance reporter from Grand Junction who was working on an article on the subject of Georges’ discoveries.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Marie.
Georges is survived by his sister, Michele; brother, Jean Pierre; nieces and nephews Emmanuelle, Laurent, Nicolas, Jimmy, Alexandre, Stephan, and Walter.
Georges made many friends in his travels through life. He will be sadly missed.
A memorial service for Georges was held Oct. 3 at Jaffee Park on the Roaring Fork River, near Woody Creek.