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December 15, 2013
I wasn't much of an athlete growing up. Occasionally, however, someone will ask if I played sports as a kid. Here's the story I've told a million times:

At Hill Junior High I was fairly tall (5'6”) in 7th grade. By 8th grade I was still big enough that I was the guard on the flag football team. By 9th grade I was no longer a BMOC and was replaced by numerous other boys including this kid that had to be 8 feet tall and 500 pounds. Gary was named the starting guard on the flag football team although I may be underestimating his size. I focused on chasing girls. And I'm still 5'6”tall.

It sounds like Gary continued to cast a large positive shadow during his lifetime, which will be missed. My condolences to the family.
December 15, 2013
Rest in peace my old friend.Many Friday nights did his letterman's jacket get us out of trouble.At parties someone always tried to pick a fight with the biggest guy there. Gary,but before long the two would be laughing together instead of fighting.That would be Gary's fault.He would much rather laugh than fight.
December 15, 2013
rest in peace my old friend
December 14, 2013
Will keep the Catron family in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.
December 13, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. What a blessing Gary was to our lives. I will never forget the laughter and the good times Gary and I shared. I never knew such a big guy with an even bigger heart. You will truly be missed.
December 13, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
December 13, 2013
Gary and I were good pals when we were young and I am really sorry to learn of this. We met in Junior High School and immediately began to share a ton of fun and good times.



He was a big guy, with a big personality, a big smile, a big heart and a big laugh. Definitely one of the good guys too.



We remained friends later during our 'Hot Rod' days. I can remember helping him win his big race with that black Camaro of his. And I can still see him driving a big old Buick Riviera with a this huge 'Hoss' Cartwright Cowboy hat on..(from the TV show Bonanza). That big old smile was just beaming, and actually, it is sending a smile this way, all of these years later.



Boy oh boy did we share a ton of laughs with our friends, way back when.



We had also lost touch, in our twenties I suppose, and I regret this too. I had tried to find him on the internet several times but had no such luck.



I am very,very sad to learn of this and send my best to the entire family and friends.



With a heavy heart, you are all in our thoughts and prayers...



I will do my best to attend, and most certainly never forget a fine, good, man.



We are truly sorry for your loss...

Respectfully,

Tom Marchese
December 13, 2013
I was born/raised on the corner of Stevely and Los Santos with Gary (Big G, some of us in the neighborhood sometimes called him)as my next door neighbor. Our driveways were just a few feet apart and I would marvel at how Gary and his big bro Richard (also a giant) would work on cars; their garage and asphalt driveway was an oil slick with engine blocks, cylinder heads, and car parts everywhere but I thought it was an awesome speed shop, and they'd both always answer any questions I asked about what the heck they were working on; Richard had a souped up GTO (dark purple I seem to recall) and Gary had a fast jet black Camaro. At times I'd hear the clang of metal weight disks and I'd look over the back wall between our houses and those two huge guys would be bench pressing about 300 pounds on a heavy duty bench press that was always on their back patio; Gary gave me pointers on bench press lifting as a teenager (since he was Millikan football and I was on the rings in gymnastics) and I started working out on a boxing speed bag because Richard used to hit one. My wife Sonya(Ashby)and I are one of the few Millikan high school sweethearts still around (40 years together)and we both knew Gary very well and liked him very much...who couldn't like him ? Our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Catron and the family. Paul n Sonya Rice
December 13, 2013
MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD;COMFORT N STRENGTH YOUR FAMILY.HE WILL HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART N BIND UP YOUR PAINFUL SPOTS;PSALMS 147.3;PAT.IL.
December 12, 2013
Gary was a childhood friend who I grew up with for a few years on Pattiz, and played football with at Millikan. We're almost twins; he was born a couple weeks before me. We lost touch over the years, but saw each other a couple times around Long Beach in the late 90s. He was a big guy with a bigger heart.
December 12, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
December 12, 2013
Our prayers and thoughts go to Gary's family and especially to his mother, Mary.
Rev. Donald & Mary Shoemaker
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