FORD, Gary Lester
69, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Wednesday October 3, 2013. Gary was born in American Falls, Idaho March 5, 1944 to Ruth and Lester Ford. When he was a young child, he moved to Sacramento with his mom and step dad. Following in his Uncles footsteps, he joined the navy at a young age. He served during the Vietnam War on the USS Sutherland. A few weeks out of the navy, he was set up on a blind date and met the women of his dreams. After sixteen days together, they were married. He has been married to the love of his life, Pamela for 48 years. He leaves a legacy of four children, Tana Grose (Larry), Jason (Lynann), Shannon Haynes (Scott), Erin Wong (Denny), eighteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother John Duhig (Carol), sister-in-law Nikki Duhig, and brother-in-law Frank Macaluso, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and aunt and uncles that were special to him.
Gary had a passion for western movies, puzzles and a cold beer. He enjoyed sitting in his backyard 'park' with his beloved dog, Lexus. There have been many fond stories told over the years of Gary and his brothers and cousins and childhood friend, Vince. They were a wild bunch of guys! Gary worked as a carpenter for the majority of his adult years. He retired from the Napa State hospital in 2006. After retirement, he returned to his home state of Idaho to lead a simple life with Pamela. He has also been blessed with amazing neighbors, Ben and Vicki Thomas and their four sweet children. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Duhig, step-father, Jack Duhig, father, Lester Ford, sister, Linda Macaluso, and brother, Dennis Duhig.
A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Allegheny Weslyn Methodist Church, 6600 Steiner Drive, Sacramento. There will be a graveside ceremony Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 12:00p.m. at Sacramento Memorial Lawn, 6100 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 10, 2013