Christopher Gallego

Christopher Daniel Gallego Sept. 17, 1958 - May 10, 2013 Resident of Hollister Chris Gallego, loving husband of Lynne, and father of Aaron, Jared and Mayah. Loving son of Olivia Garcia and the late Epifanio Gallego. Loving step-son of James Garcia. Loving brother of Earnest Gallego and Eric Gallego, and friends to many went home to be with Jesus Christ after a courageous fight against ALS. Chris wanted to let everyone know that there is no medical cure for ALS. Because of the progressive nature of this fatal disease, many people might lose hope. Knowing what he was up against, Chris put his trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Although Chris died a physical death, his spirit will live forever with his Lord and Savior. Please continue to fund ALS research so a cure can be found. Chris was born in San Jose, California at Doctor's Hospital to Olivia and Epifanio Gallego on September 17, 1958. Chris was the middle of three boys grew up in Central San Jose, near Columbus Park. Chris grew up in a culturally diverse neighborhood near the streets of Hobson and Spring. There were Japanese, Hispanics, Italians, Filipinos, Caucasions all living in harmony. Chris really enjoyed those years. Chris enjoyed all sports, but at age 8, he was exposed to baseball. From that day on, it was his dream to someday become a professional baseball player. Chris attended Jefferson Elementary School and enjoyed his teachers and friends he met along the way. When Chris reached sixth grade, he was exposed to music by his teacher, Mr. Mitchell. Chris chose to play the trumpet, and from that day on, music changed his life. Chris attended Peter Burnett Junior High School during 7th grade. Shortly after that school year, his parents divorced and he transferred to Piedmont Middle School. For the first time, Chris had to make new friends. Chris attended Abraham Lincoln High School, where he was involved in the marching band and jazz band. His band director, Mr. Glen Ishiwata, was a continued source of inspiration to him. His love of sports was evidenced by his involvement in football, basketball and baseball. Baseball was his forte and he received a scholarship and chose to play collegiate baseball for the San Jose Spartans. He received his bachelor's degree from San Jose State, majoring in business administration. He continued playing baseball after graduation and made it up to the semi-pro levels, continuing with a tryout for the Dodgers. He made a decision to become a California Highway Patrolman and loved his profession. His career spanned over 22 years, where he spent the majority of his time in the Gilroy-Hollister Area. He retired as a Sergeant. His CHP family was important to him and friendships developed during his working years continued well into his retirement. Chris' love of music continued throughout his life, where he enjoyed playing the bass in various bands. He became a DJ, and provided music and enjoyment to others at special occasions in their lives. A celebration of Chris' life will be held on May 18th, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1900 Highland Drive, Hollister CA 95023. Reception immediately following. Please wear bright colors or Hawaiian prints. Conservative please, no beach wear. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chris' remembrance to the ALS Association, Golden West Chapter, P.O. Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA 91376/www.alsagoldenwest.org To send condolences visit www.grunnagle.com.

Funeral Home

Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home
870 San Benito St. Hollister, CA 95023
831-637-3757

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 15, 2013