George Maupin Biography, Age, Cause of Death, Obituary, KHQ
George Maupin, a longtime weather forecaster for KHQ, passed away at the age of 79, in Spokane on Tuesday.
What Happened to George Maupin?
SPOKANE, Washington- With his wife Nancy and son Will by his side, longtime KHQ weather forecaster George Maupin passed away on Tuesday in Spokane at the age of 79. George Maupin cause of death was confirmed as Alzheimer’s from the below statement.
George was born in Los Angeles, went through the military draught, and fought in Vietnam. In 1993, he relocated from Las Vegas to Spokane with his family.
George Maupin Cause of Death
An official statement confirmed that Maupin passed away after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and the message reads the following,
With a broken heart, I announce the passing of the sweetest man I have ever known, George Maupin, on what is the saddest of Valentine’s Day. Not only was he a wonderful husband and father to me and Will, but to so many people here in the Inland Northwest, he was their favorite weatherman for so many years on KHQ-TV.
We were by his side today when he lost his long struggle with Alzheimer’s. He is at peace. A Celebration of Life is being planned, and details will be announced soon.
Local TV weatherman George Maupin, 79, went gently into that good night. His long and heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s and other issues is over, and he rests in peace beside still waters.
Local TV weatherman George Maupin, 79, went gently into that good night. His long and heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s and other issues is over, and he rests in peace beside still waters. A Celebration of Life is being planned, and details will be announced soon. George Maupin July 31, 1943-February 14, 2023 Spokane, WA
George was a legend. He brought the “Spokomojo,” his unique blend of warmth and humor, to The Morning Show on KHQ-TV in Spokane for over a decade.
His larger-than-life personality transcended the camera. His witty banter and wisecracks with Dave Cotton, Shelly Monahan, Sean Owsley, and Matt Rogers kept the show lively and hip. George attracted a loyal following of fans, or ‘peeps’ as he called them, who watched more for entertainment than his forecasts.
George was plucked from the obscurity of the producer’s desk to fill in at the green screen when weatherman Tim Adams deployed overseas. He was such a hit he stayed there until retiring in 2012. Aside from the 3 p.m. wake-up call, George loved his job and the people who invited him into their homes every morning.
Who was George Maupin?
George was born in Los Angeles on July 31, 1943, the son of depression-era Okies. His late parents, William, and Dixie (nee Dixon) instilled in him an appreciation of western music and a fierce work ethic.
George dreamed of playing shortstop for the Dodgers when he was not delivering the Linwood Republic or bagging groceries at Ralph’s. By his 16th birthday, he had earned enough money to buy a Chevy 409 and joined the Etruscans, one of those iconic California car clubs.
He and his friends cruised Hollywood Blvd. and dragged at Huntington Beach in style. George was a DeMolay grandmaster and a 1961 graduate of Southgate High School.
George Maupin Personal Life
He is preceded in death by his half-siblings, William (Billy) and Sally (Peek), and survived by Nancy and Will, niece Kelly (Joe) Duran of Santa Maria, CA, and their children, Jaime and Mike, and a rowdy clan of Kiel in-laws with roots in Doylestown, Ohio.
In 1993 George moved his family to Spokane, saying he would “give it a year, tops.” He believed in giving back to the community that embraced him, tirelessly raising money and awareness for countless causes and charities; one closest to his heart was TESH, an organization for disabled young adults in Couer d ‘Alene.
George volunteered countless hours in classrooms, teaching about the weather or reading to school kids. He read so much Dr. Suess that he was named the honorary Mayor of Whoville. A man of conviction, he decided to retire after being reprimanded for saying global warming on air.
He was a ferocious reader who carried around in his wallet a well-worn list of books to buy, just in case there was a bookstore nearby. He pitched a mean game on his co-ed softball team, sacrificing a big toe to the cause, and could not think of a better place to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Spokane Symphony.
Until Alzheimer’s took its toll, George and Nancy traveled to many of the places on his bucket list; the last trip was to France because…as he liked to say, “I’m French, you know.”
George was a good man whose positive outlook on life was evident in everything he did. He was also a fighter who struggled through a horrible disease that robbed him of everything and everyone he knew.
George Maupin’s Career
George started working at KHQ as a producer for the newscast. He eventually joined the on-air crew as a weather anchor after his charisma became unavoidable.
Later, George joined Sean Owsley, Dave Cotton, and Shelly Monahan on the KHQ morning show. For nearly ten years, the four of them assisted everyone in the Inland Northwest with getting their day started. After working at KHQ for almost 20 years, George retired in 2012.
There has never been anyone like George Maupin in the Inland Northwest’s history of television broadcasting, and there never will be. It would be an understatement to say that he broke the mold; he smashed it into a million pieces.
George was a legendary figure who was so unpredictable and hilarious that you couldn’t take your eyes off of him for fear of missing the magic.
What many people might not be aware of is that before moving to Spokane, George was a hugely well-liked sportscaster in Las Vegas. At the height of the sport, he spent his days exchanging verbal blows with Muhammad Ali and other legendary boxers.
He frequently recalled events from that era, recalling how, while he was performing in an arena, the crowd began screaming “George! George! George!” as a testament to how well-known he was at the time.
George’s catchphrase, “Spoko Mojo,” which is as effortless in front of the camera as you’ve ever seen, got ingrained in the culture of Spokane. People would yell at him when he was in the neighborhood because he worked it in as frequently as he could.
George made us all feel better, smile, and laugh until we were in tears. While he will be missed as a broadcaster, George Maupin will never be replaced as a man, a parent, a husband, and a friend.