Resident of Angels Camp, CA
Gary Loustalot, husband, father, grandfather and highly respected golf professional, whose imprint on his family and the golf community is immeasurable, passed away at his home in Angels Camp on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, surrounded by his immediate family. He was 75.
Gary received many professional accolades throughout his life but nothing was more important than being the devoted husband to Sandy, a father to six children, a grandfather to 13 and a Great Grandfather to 1. He had a natural affinity for children especially babies and he would often be found on the ground with his grandkids. Family was not defined solely by blood but by the relationships he cultivated and cherished, to include his many friends and colleagues. Gary took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and also found joy in assisting others to succeed, whether on the course, professionally or simply in life. Many learned from Gary by simply following his example of integrity, hard work, compassion and most importantly, FUN. No one was ever a stranger when they came through the front door.
In 1970 Gary was selected to be the first head golf professional at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz and operated the popular municipal facility until 2000. Known for his engaging personality, he was the consummate golf professional, enjoying a career that also included working at Riverview CC, Valley Hi CC, Sunnyside CC and competing on the PGA Tour. He was named the Northern California Section PGA Professional of the Year in 1977, the organizations highest honor. The family business that Gary created at DeLaveaga was an important part of his children's lives and his youngest son Tim has continued that since 2000. That family atmosphere has always been a trademark of DeLaveaga Golf Course.
Following his retirement in 2000, Gary and Sandy moved to the Greenhorn Creek golf community in Angels Camp, where they built a home and enjoyed playing golf, he serving on the golf club greens committee and they regularly traveled with their many friends. He also enjoyed hosting his grandchildren during the Kids Week events at the club.
Gary is survived by his wife of 31 years Sandy; children Curt (Sally) Souza, Mike (Elizabeth) Loustalot, Chris Souza, David (Suzy) Loustalot and Tim (Jamie) Loustalot and Jennifer (Tor) Swanson; grandchildren Alex, Jacob, Reed, Colleen, Samantha, Maxine, Karissa, Brian, Ellie, Ian, Andrew, Ty and Zachary; and great granddaughter Claira. He also is survived by his brother, Vic Loustalot, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his extended DeLaveaga family, most notably the Vomvolakis and Bei families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ruth and his sister Gail.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday May 11 at 11:00am at St Josephs Catholic Church, 435 Monterey Ave Capitola CA, followed by a reception at the Sun Room at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz.
In lieu of flowers, contribute, in his name, to help junior golf in Santa Cruz County, via Bariteau/Schultz Foundation 620 Water Street, Suite A Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Or Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North Sonora, California 95370
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 10, 2013