Airport Park renamed in honor of George Bertrand

Airport Park renamed in honor of George BertrandBy Patricia Farris, News Review Publisher

More than 200 family members and friends of the late George Bertrand joined at the Inyokern Airport Park, Saturday to memorialize his life and dedication to the community

The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Airport District dedicated the airport park in his honor by naming the park, George Bertrand, Jr. Memorial Park

The plaque described Bertrand as a highly respected member of the Inyokern and Ridgecrest communities for more than 50 years. The plaque notes that he was a well-known pilot and aircraft owner who diligently supported the Inyokern Airport by his generosity, the donation of his time, and use of the Bertrand Enterprise equipment. He was remembered for his effort to help sustain the airport during difficult financial times in an attempt to bridge the transportation gap of the area. He financially backed the aircraft of C&M airlines, a startup airline that operated at Inyokern Airport from 1983-1985.

The temporary plaque will be replaced by a permanent bronze plaque. Bertrand was a victim of COVID-19 and passed away at the age of 77 on December 13, 2020.

Courtesy photo by Mike Cash: Carolyn Bertrand, wife of the late George Bertrand, his son Robert and daughter Valerie Moody, view the plaque that was erected in George Bertrand’s honor Saturday morning at the Inyokern Airport Park, now named in his memory.

Story First Published: 2021-10-22