July 29, 1936 - Oct. 2, 2012
Gary George Hodge, 76, of Vacaville died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.
Born July 29, 1936, in Seattle, Wash., he was the only son of George Byron and Dorothy Carrene Guptil Hodge. He grew up in Buckley, Wash., developing a strong work ethic as he managed the daily chores of a working farm and helped his father build their beautiful family home. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was proud of receiving a Sunday school award at age 9 for memorizing all of the books of the Bible.
Mr. Hodge graduated from Buckley High School in 1954. He was student body president, honor student, a trombone player in the band and "prince" of the senior prom, and he lettered in basketball and football.
In 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Alysse Warner. They had one child, his beloved daughter, Patricia Jean Hodge. Mr. Hodge worked at Boeing Corp. until he graduated from the University of Washington in 1961 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1961, Mr. Hodge moved to Concord and went to work for Standard Oil Co. as plant manager at the Richmond Oil Refinery until 1974. When Mr. Hodge and his wife parted, he moved to Southern California and worked as a Chevron Oil plant manager until his retirement in 1983.
He relocated to Vacaville in 1993 to be close to his family. Here he met and married his beloved wife, Barbara Jean Smith. When she was diagnosed with cancer, he tenderly cared for her until she was declared cured. But just as her treatment was completed, he fell ill.
Mr. Hodge was also deeply devoted to the well-being of his parents, tirelessly caring for them during the final 12 years of their lives.
He was the manager of a small apartment community, where he annually set up a lighted Christmas Village collection in the office, to the delight of children.
A true outdoorsman, he was a highly skilled fly fisherman, loved camping and fishing at Silver Fork and any river he could find within the California and Oregon borders. He also loved music, cooking and growing flowers and was an avid San Francisco Giants fan.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Patricia, and son-in-law, Frederick Sorg, of Rio Vista; stepdaughter, Rhianna Lane Smith and "Poof" of Sacramento; sister, Karen Hodge of Seattle; various in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Community Presbyterian Church, 425 Hemlock St., Vacaville. Pastor Mark Wright will officiate. A reception will follow the service, then internment at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
The family would like to thank pulmonologist Dr. Anit Patel, staff at Sutter Regional Medical Group and the nursing staff at NorthBay Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Community Presbyterian Church, 425 Hemlock St., Vacaville, CA 95688. Arrangements under the care of McCune Garden Chapel.