Gary J. Lopez

  • "Gary was the coolest guy I knew at Avenal High. When I ran..."
    - Donald Moniz
  • "To all the Gary Lopez Family, I was sad to hear of Gary's..."
  • "Familia Lopez: En estos momentos tan difíciles por los que..."
    - Vanessa
  • "My heart goes out to you and the boys. Such a shock to feel..."
    - Cheryl Alvord-smart
  • " Dear; Lady Wanda & gang: Phil, Matt and Tony ..."
    - Billy

Gary J. Lopez Gary J. Lopez, 62, was born in Glendale, CA, September 2, 1951, and died June 3, 2014, in Lakeport, CA. Gary grew up in Avenal, CA, where he acquired the nickname "Red" (for obvious reasons). He was an outstanding athlete and even better friend. After graduation from Avenal High in 1970 he attended West Hills College. After West Hills Gary moved to Bakersfield and began work in the oil fields. In the mid-seventies he started an overseas stint that would include work in Libya and the North Sea. At his brother's wedding in 1978 he met Wanda Holson, whom he married in 1982. Their first son, Phill, was born in 1983, and shortly afterward they moved to Lakeport where Gary started work in the geothermal industry - a career that would last for 30 years. Life in Lakeport brought two more sons, Matt in 1984 and Tony in 1988. Gary was a people person. He consciously maintained close relationships with friends over time and distance. He considered them family. One of the highlights of each year was the PAR Chaser Classic Golf Tournament. For over 30 years he and a large number of friends would get together for golf, story telling, insults and laughter. A few weeks before his death a large group of close friends came a long way to have their last party with him. He had the time of his life. As he recently said to his sons, "Stay close, it's up to you. You either do it or you don't". Gary did it, and he did it well. His smiling face will be missed by all. Vaya con Dios! Gary is survived by his wife, Wanda; sons, Phill, Matt and Tony; brother, Mark (Karen); uncle, Dave Lopez; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Evelyn, and brother, Robert. Services will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 801 N. Main St., Lakeport on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit FD1336. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at
Funeral Home
Chapel Of The Lakes
1625 North High Street Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-0357
Funeral Home Details
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from June 5 to June 11, 2014