Gary Banker

Gary Travis Banker
July 29, 1949 ~ December 1, 2013
Gary Travis Banker was born on July 29, 1949 in McMinnville, Oregon to his parents Gordon and Donna Banker. He had an adopted brother named Brian "Skipper" Jones that was his little buddy. As a child Gary was a champion circle racer and loved fishing and hunting with his Grandfather Ellis Young. As a teen he learned how to surf and earned the name 'Wharf Rat' because he was always at the wharf surfing! After high school he joined the Air Force during Vietnam and, being a fast typist, was one of the few who sent messages out, on where to drop the bombs. He earned his AA degree at El Camino College where he met his wife Jilly Antoinette Jaklofsky. They married and moved to Hawaii where their first daughter Tamara was born on Maui in 1977. Within a year they moved near Shasta Lake and had three more children, Christina 1979, Garrett 1981 and Grant 1984. Gary began his G.T. Banker Contractor business in 1981. During his life, Gary enjoyed watching hockey and baseball but his favorite was football being the 49ers biggest fan! He loved to spend time with his kids and five grandkids and was always at the family functions. He never missed his children's hockey, football, basketball, softball, basketball and volleyball games. He especially enjoyed drives to the R. B. pier to have coffee, feed the birds, enjoy the morning calm and listen to the crashing waves. 'Papa' as his kids, grandkids and their friends would call him, will be missed more than words can describe, but will forever be loved and never forgotten.


Funeral Home

Rice Mortuary
5310 Torrance Blvd Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 792-7599

Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 10, 2013