May 30, 1940 - March 24, 2021
Gilbert Maez, 80, was called to his heavenly home on March 24, 2021, while surrounded by his loved ones.
Gilbert was born to Casey and Cecilia Maez May 30, 1940, in Saguache, Colorado. At age five, they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.
Gilbert is survived by sisters, Bena Maez-Hall, Condy Walker, and Rose Moore (Maurice), and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Robert, and parents.
Gilbert graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1958. He enlisted in the US Navy from 1958 - 1962, and served on the USS Intrepid.
In 1963 Gilbert met his wife, Linda Wells; they married in 1964. Gilbert and Linda moved to Southern California in 1965 and had two daughters, Tracy Maez and Angie Maez-Akins (Shawn). Gilbert has four grandchildren, Natalie Maez, Eden Akins, Isabella Akins, and Shawn Jr. Akins, and a great-grandson, Cyrus Alexander Ghandy.
He received a BA in Business Education at Cal State Los Angeles, and a Master's in Counseling at University of La Verne California. Gilbert started a doctorate program at University of La Verne and completed all but his dissertation. He retired after 35 years working at Valley Community College in 2011. Gilbert was respected by his colleagues. He was passionate about teaching and counseling and continued to work after his retirement in March of 2020.
Among many accomplishments, he was proudest of his family. Gilbert was a loving, compassionate, kindhearted, devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. Those who knew Gilbert recognized his kindhearted warmth, compassion, and humor. This drew people to him, and he made friends with ease. Gilbert will be forever missed by his family who loved him so much.
Services are being handled by Snyder's Care Center in Rancho Cucamonga.