Gordon Lee Tullos
May 24, 1939 - December 22, 2013
Gordon Lee Tullos, age 74, was born and raised in Napa, California. Gordon graduated from Napa High School in 1957. He passed away in Coos Bay, Oregon with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sallie Tullos of Lakeside, Oregon, and daughter Shawn Tullos-Madison of Newport News, Virginia.
Gordon met Sallie on the Russian River in Guerneville, Ca. while he was working as a body guard for Dick Clark's West Coast Search for Talent. Gordon and Sallie moved to Modesto where he worked for Norris Industries in Riverbank for 10 years and then went to work for Circle AW for 25 years. Gordon always had concerns for his fellow workers and was shop steward. He was elected President of the IAM&AW Machinist Union Local 1528 in Modesto. Gordon transferred to Portland, Oregon and promoted to Quality Assurance Manager when the company was acquired by Cooper B Line. When he retired in 2002, he and Sallie settled in Lakeside, Oregon, because of his love for fishing, swimming, boating and the ocean. Gordon was a member of Modesto Elks Lodge 1282, Country Squires of Lynchburg, Tenn. Being an avid scuba and skin diver, Gordon was past President of the Stanislaus Finmen and Rescue Divers for the Modesto Drag and Ski Boat Association. Gordon was a assistant swim coach for the Special Olympics of Modesto where he enjoyed working with the swimmers and helping to take them to the International Special Olympics in Los Angeles. Gordon was a 40 year member of Estanislao, Chapter 58 of E Clampus Vitus. Gordon was very proud of his association with the Clampers and believed in the work they do for the community in the preservation of historical sites in the area. Gordon was an X Noble Grand Humbug of the organization, having served as it's head in 1993 and he enjoyed the fellowship of Clamping for many years.
Gordon is also survived by his brother, Harry Tullos of Santa Rosa, Ca, his sister-in-law Maribeth Yu, (Joe), of Willits, Ca. and brother-in-law Frederick Wilson of Modesto. Gordon also leaves niece and nephew Dana Halsem and Byron Wilson of Modesto, Cheryl Phillips of Oregon, and numerous great nephews and nieces.
Gordon made friends where ever he went and will be missed by those he leaves behind. He always believed that his family and friends were the wealth of his life and considered himself a very wealthy man. Gordon will be missed by all.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2014