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Gregory Keith Straolzini


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Gregory Keith Straolzini Obituary

Gregory Keith Straolzini, age 67, of Arboga, CA, passed away on July 28, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Greg was born on July 25, 1949 in Santa Barbara, CA and was raised in Santa Maria, CA by Bruno and Catherine Straolzini with his older sister Diane.

Greg spent all his years of schooling in Santa Maria. It was at Santa Maria High School that Greg developed a passion for running. He excelled in the sport of Cross Country, and, along with his teammates, set records for his school. He always loved telling stories of the workouts running the sand dunes. In addition to athletics, he also developed a love for music. He was a member of the school choir known as the Madrigals. As a senior, Greg was voted as "Most Talented" by his peers. These talents followed him into his junior college years as he continued to run while attending Alan Hancock College and also became a member of the Glen Montague Choir. The stories he would tell of his adventures traveling with this choir were adored by his family.

Greg's first marriage to his high school sweetheart, Annette Rabourn, on December 12, 1970, resulted in the birth of Greg's oldest son, Jason, in 1973.

His passion for coaching led him to Chico State to pursue a degree in Physical Education and ultimately a teaching credential. It was during this time that he met and married his second wife, Teresa Hazlerig. This brought about their three beautiful daughters, Deanna, Sara, and Lindsey.

In 1986, his dream of making a difference in the lives of kids began when he became a Physical Education teacher at Yuba Gardens Middle School. In the course of his career, it is estimated that he taught close to 6,000 students within our community, and coached a large number of them in volleyball, basketball, and track.

In the spring of 1996, proving that third time's a charm, he married Tami Trexler and soon thereafter formally adopted her son Danny. Greg and Tami spent 20 beautiful years together raising their family, along with any other child from the community, as "all were welcome" in the Straolzini home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, but after their passing, he had the amazing opportunity to be reconnected with his biological family. He was adopted at the age of 8. The relationship he was able to begin with his brother, David Torres, after being separated for 50 years was one of his most cherished moments. Through that reunion, he was able to meet a sister, Evelyn, and a multitude of cousins.

In July of 2015, Greg began the fight of his life when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. With the heart of a champion and the soul of a saint, Greg was supported by friends, family and an entire community; #teamstrolz was there every step of the way lifting his spirits and encouraging him daily as he soldiered on. On the night of July 28th, our warrior succumbed to the enemy he battled for an entire year.

Greg Straolzini is survived by his loving wife Tami Straolzini; his five amazing children; son, Jason and wife Tammy Straolzini; daughter, Deanna and husband Guy Hibbs; daughters, Sara and Lindsey Straolzini; and son, Daniel Straolzini. Other survivors include his five beautiful grandchildren he constantly doted over; Jordan, Aiden, Evelyn, Emery, and Aaliyah.

A viewing will occur at Lipp & Sullivan on Tuesday, August 2nd, from 11:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1997 North Beale Rd. Marysville, CA) at 10:00A.M. on Wednesday, August 3rd. Immediately following, graveside services will be held at Sierra View Memorial Cemetery, 4900 Olive Ave. Olivehurst, CA. To conclude the day, we will be having a celebration of life at the Lindhurst High School Gym.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 2, 2016
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