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Gary Royal Ek


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Gary Royal Ek Obituary
Gary Royal Ek January 17, 1937 - January 27, 2018 Bakersfield, CA Gary Royal Ek, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Bakersfield, California, on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Gary was born to Royal and Dorothy Ek on January 17, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona, where Royal was temporarily assigned for work. Soon the young family returned to San Diego, California, where Gary was raised, the eldest of two sons. Gary attended Hoover High School and graduated from San Diego State where he met his beautiful future wife, Mary Jo Fairweather. Following graduation, Gary spent two years serving in the U.S. Army, following which he and Mary Jo were married on July 28, 1962 in San Bernardino, California. A son, Brian David Ek followed in 1968. Gary began his career in San Diego at Home Federal Savings in Commercial Real Estate where he stayed until 1986 when he accepted a position with Tenneco in Bakersfield, California, until retirement. Gary loved to spend time with his family, particularly fishing in the Eastern Sierra or wherever their motor home took them. Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, his son Brian David, his brother and wife Dorsey L. and Debbie Ek and their son Dorsey R. Ek. He will be missed by a multitude of dear friends and family.Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, San Diego 8th Ward, 4195 Camino Del Rio, San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Honor Flight Kern County, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M-10, Box 255, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Donations may also be made online at honorflightkerncounty.org.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 13, 2018
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