Gabriel A. Gutiérrez
1937 - 2021
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September 12, 1937 - January 13, 2021 Honorable Gabriel A. Guti‚rrez passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in South Pasadena, California at the age of 83. Gabriel is survived by his wife Ana Mar¡a and four sons: Javier, Felipe, Andres, and Gabriel Fernando and seven grandsons. He is preceded in death by his first wife Gayle Eileen and son Jaime. Gabriel was born on September 12, 1937 in Los Angeles, California to Jose Arturo and Maria Elena. He graduated fromSt. Agnus High School and went on to attend Santa Clara University where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1964. At Santa Clara he met and married Gayle Eileen Standring, a public health nurse, in 1966. Over six years, the couple welcomed five sons and Gabriel became an avid Gray-Y and Little League coach. His sons remember him as a devoted and loving father who guided and encouraged them to pursue their goals. Gabriel joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1965 and moved to Washington D.C. in 1968 to serve as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He returned to Los Angeles in 1969 and joined the law firm Sillas & Castillo as a partner in private practice. In 1972 he was elected Commissioner/Judge Pro Tem for Los Angeles County and was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1977 and the Superior Court in 1979 by Governor Jerry Brown. Gabriel served as Supervising Judge of the Northeast Juvenile Justice Center from 1981-84 and Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court from 1985-87. From 1987-97 he was assigned to the Civil Trial calendar for Los Angeles Superior Court Central and also served on assignment to the California State Court of Appeals, 2nd District. After retirement, Gabriel stayed active providing arbitration and dispute resolution services through ADR. Gabriel was awarded "Trial Judge of the Year" CAALA Alfred J. McCourtney Memorial Trial Judge of the Year, 1998. "Judge of the Year" Pasadena Bar Association, 1995. "Award of Honor" Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 1987. "Judge of the Year" Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1986. "Hispanic Leaders Award" San Gabriel Valley, 1980 & 1983. "Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession and the Mexican-American Community" Mexican American Bar Association, 1980. Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) Achievement Award, 1975. Gabriel met his wife Ana Mar¡a in 2011 and proposed to her in Venice, Italy while navigating in a gondola under the Bridge of Sighs renowned as a romantic place to declare one's love with a kiss. Even though Ana Mar¡a was totally surprised, she said 'Yes', and loved how romantic he was. They married in 2014 and together they enjoyed traveling and entertaining friends and family in their home. Gabriel served on the Board of Trustees for Mount St. Mary's University since 2012, was an active parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena and enjoyed his membership at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena. Gabriel was also a true sports fanatic and loved rooting on the Dodgers, Rams, Lakers, and Loyola High School Cubs where he never missed a football game and announced the varsity basketball games. A funeral mass and celebration of life will be scheduled later in the year when it is safe for family and friends to gather. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dolores Mission (https://www.dolores-mission.org) where Gabriel sponsored the educational goals of the school and mentored many students for over a decade. Cabot & Sons Pasadena, CA


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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 22, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
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Liam Byrne
February 1, 2021
I worked for Judge Gutierrez as his research attorney when he was the Presiding Judge of Juvenile. It was the best experience of my legal career. He taught me so much about every aspect of being a fair attorney. Judge Gutierrez treated everyone with respect and kindness. I will always treasure our lunch memories. Going to Langers for the first time and watching a mouse running through the potato salad at Cassells. Even though we were dealing with serious issues we laughed a lot and that was because he set the tone in the office. Rest In Peace.
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January 24, 2021
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Kaysa & Joshua Moreno
January 20, 2021
Wow I am floored by the amazing and grand accomplishments he reached. A life well lived and filled with love, evident by his amazing family and the legacy he has left in LA! My heart goes out to the Gutierrez family.
Cecilia Guerrero
Friend
January 18, 2021
When my dad died in 1969, Gabe was there for me and my brothers and sisters. I was unsure how to process what I was experiencing with my fathers passing and I will always appreciate the warm support I got from him when I saw him. Going to Ram football games and seeing him and his enthusiasm as a kid always left me with a huge, positive feeling. God bless that man.
Jim Gutierrez
Family
January 17, 2021
I had a wonderful relationship with Judge Gutierrez . I worked as his bailiff for at least 15 years as I moved with him to various Superior Court Locations. I would see him from time to time after we both retired and kept up with his activities. It was an honor to have worked with him and to be his friend.
Retired L.A County Deputy Sheriff
Matt Burlando
Matt Burlando
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January 17, 2021
I had a wonderful relationship with Judge Gutierrez . I worked as his bailiff for at least 15 years as I moved with him to various Superior Court Locations. I would see him from time to time after we both retired and kept up with his activities. It was an honor to have worked with him and to be his friend.
Retired L.A County Deputy Sheriff
Matt Burlando
Matt Burlando
Coworker
January 17, 2021
I was born when Gabe was away at Santa Clara. He was my big brother in more ways than one - always larger than life with a quick smile. A joke, and a hearty laugh. I will miss him. Rest In Peace, big brother.❤
Tina Gutierrez Shinnick
Sister
January 16, 2021
Gabe didn't ever drop his role as thoughtful brother. From his example, I learned to emulate his considerations when dealing with impressionable younger siblings and our own children & grandchildren. We love recalling myriad of our treasured memories!
Gudelia Floratos
Sister
January 16, 2021
Really enjoyed all my years knowing the judge— how many loyola football games — tons—and he and his partner (Bob Parada always there early— he was a true fan and my prayers and thoughts go out to the family— I will miss seeing him!!

“coach” Steve grady. Head coach loyola high 1976- 2004.
Steve grady
Friend
January 16, 2021
He was the best big brother. Always ready to play with his much younger siblings when he came home from college. You are terribly missed.
Maria Leticia Gutierrez
Sister
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