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1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
DR. GUSTAVO EURESTE GETNER, of Riverside California, passed away on March 14, 2015 at the age of eighty three. He was born January 16, 1932 in Harlingen, Texas. After graduating from San Benito High School, Getner enlisted in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas and served as a Military Policeman while stationed in Austria. Upon completing his military service, Getner married Dora Mae Gerusa in 1952 and received his Bachelors of Arts and Master's degree from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas. He went on to get his Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona. Getner loved hunting and fishing and in his youth he won many fishing tournaments in and around Padre Island and Port Isabel. He was an avid sportsman and wrote articles about his passion for the great outdoors. Getner was published in Field and Stream magazine and at one time worked as a fishing guide near Port Isabel. He loved all sports and followed numerous college and professional teams. He threw the shot put in college, and was the head High School basketball coach of the Socorro Warriors, in Socorro, New Mexico. He loved having season tickets for the San Diego Chargers in California, and could name every athlete in any sport that had ever come out of the Rio Grande Valley. Along with teaching high school, Gustavo was a Chicano Studies Professor at Southwestern College and San Diego State University, in California. He moved to Sacramento, California where he served in the State Department of Education working passionately on California's Bilingual Education initiative, and later worked for the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. Upon his retirement, Getner moved to Riverside, California to be near his children. Dr. Gustavo Getner is survived by his two daughters, Celinda Mulder and Dr. Diane Dieckmeyer, and his son, David Getner, as well as relatives in Harlingen and friends throughout the United States. He will be missed for his quick wit and relentless pursuit of knowledge. He was an avid reader and never missed the online edition of the Valley Morning Star newspaper. He was well versed on local news and was always up to date with the current events of the world. Getner will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his charismatic personality will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 27, 2015
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