Gayle Tejada
Gayle Tejada 1943 - 2020 LA JOLLA Gayle Tejada was a vibrant, joyful woman who left a lasting impression on all those who met her. A life-long La Jollan, she will be remembered with gratitude for working tirelessly to preserve the majestic coastline that she loved so much. Her successful efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the shoreline included a long-tenure with the Town Council's Parks and Beaches Committee, which she chaired from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Gayle was born at Scripps Clinic in 1943, to Josephine Sarah Hall and Armando Carlos Tejada, and attended La Jolla public schools, graduating from La Jolla High School in 1961. She began her career as a financial advisor at Smith Barney and retired from her position as Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in 2017. Her achievements were all the more remarkable given the era in which she entered a male-dominated profession. Combining her business experience with her passion for La Jolla, Gayle left a legacy of accomplishments that will benefit future generations, including the La Jolla Waterfront Design Charette Workshop and restoration of the green belvederes between the Children's Pool and the La Jolla Cove. Her work supervising the La Jolla Coastline Plan ensured that the design of coastal walkways and trails were sensitive to La Jolla's natural setting. Gayle also served on the La Jolla Conservancy board of trustees and was never afraid to fight for her ideas or to reach out to her colleagues for contributions to proactively carry them out. Gayle loved living in La Jolla, loved her profession, playing golf, tennis, traveling, and socializing with her family and many friends and sharing stories about the town she grew up in. She was proud of her contributions to the community and always had a positive attitude, hoping that her endeavors helped to make the community a better place. Gayle especially loved walking her dog on the Coast Walk Trail over the historic wooden footbridge she had fought to preserve. Without her efforts, we'd all be walking on a city-designed concrete overpass! She is survived by her sister, actress Raquel Welch, and her brother, James "Jimmy" Tejada, along with her niece, actress Tahnee Welch and nephews, Damon Welch and his wife, Donna; Ryander Tejada, and his wife, Susanne; and Adi Tejada and his wife, Oralee. Gayle will be remembered as a leader who guided the protection of La Jolla's natural seaside setting and people's enjoyment of it. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight
Published by Del Mar Times on Apr. 16, 2020.
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When I think of strong women in a man's working world, and someone who left a very lasting impression on me, I think of Gayle. I was Gayle's assistant at Merrill Lynch in La Jolla for years. She is best described as fire in high heels. She meant business, with no letting up. I could write a book about our interactions! She was tough on me, but I learned a lot from her. She is the only person in my life to find a custom wood box for me every Christmas, and in it was always a crisp $100 bill. I loved it when her sister would call! Gayle would let me house sit for her in her glorious home and that alone set me on a path for real estate (I now own a real estate company). One time, in the early 1990s, I ran into her in Rosarito Beach of all places and we laughed about the work days we had together. Her death is a sadness for me. She was a damn force: full stop.
Kimberly Dotseth
Coworker
August 2, 2020
Colleen Conger
May 18, 2020
I met Gayle at a fundraiser on the Bajamar golf course. She was very patient with a novice golfer who had to round down to the nearest ten. Laudably, she did not offer golfing advice, she took the tedium of the play in stride, she smiled and joked. We laughed about growing up at the end of the alphabet since we shared the initials G.T. We agreed to disagree about the correct spelling of our shared first name. A decade later, Gayle hired me to help her organize and move to a cottage in La Jolla. Who knew moving could be fun? It was. We moved boxes and boxes of files dealing with coastal issues. Gradually, I realized how much work she had accomplished along the shoreline. She made La Jolla a better place. Gayle was beautiful, witty, wise, and humble. Our village is lessened with her passing; we lost a good woman. My condolences to her family and friends; she was irreplaceable.
Gail Forbes
Acquaintance
May 4, 2020
Thank you for all you did for San Diego
Elizabeth
Friend
April 23, 2020
Gayle was one amazing woman with a positive outlook, fun sense of humor, always hard working and a true friend. We met through our love of dogs...she will truly be missed very much. She loved her family and all that surrounded her. She is resting in peace
Holly Loring
April 22, 2020
My heart goes out to her family and friends. I got to know Gayle when she was very young then again when she was working with my sister,Jinx Ecke. I enjoyed her family the times I was a guest at her house while friends with her
Ssister Raquel. Fun times for all. Gayle always was joyous and if you wanted something done and done right she was the one to accomplish thats for sure.
Love to all who loved her.
Mendy Kenney Maler (Meredith)
Meredith Maler
Friend
April 19, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Gayle's passing.I met Gayle back in the mid 80's at the San Diego Tennis and Racquet club. We played in a working women's tennis league. Gayle was always smiling and full of life. She always made the game fun no matter how poor we played. My team mate and I enjoyed dinner at her home and many margaritas together after our games. I moved away and lost track of her but kept many happy memories. RIP dear Gayle.
Pam Lewis-Plumbley
April 19, 2020
I remember Gayle from years ago living in the same La Jolla neighborhood growing up. It appears she lived a very successful life and she is to be commended for her work to keep La Jolla a beautiful place. It was a wonderful place to grow up. Condolences to her family. Know they will miss her.

Anne (Hinds) Gutridge
Anne Gutridge (Hinds)
April 19, 2020
I met Gayle at the SD Tennis and Racquet Club. I was happy to have had the opportunity to share many memorable experiences with her. We played tennis and golf together, walked along the coast in La Jolla. One of one of my fondest memories of the many enjoyable outings we shared was cruising the Greek Islands -- such and interesting and fun time that was. Will miss her. RIP Gayle.
April 19, 2020
Jim Zevely
April 19, 2020
Char
April 18, 2020
RIP Gayle.
April 18, 2020
Like Ed Oleata, I worked with Gayle at Merrill Lynch. She was ahead of her time in even being hired as a stockbroker, much less staying for a successful longterm career. She was always interesting and fun to be around. Most of all, she was always herself -- what you saw was what you got, in a good way. She will be missed.
Don Yeckel
April 17, 2020
And you will remain in my heart forever, dear Gayle. We shared so
many experiences over the years - so many laughs, so many tears.
I will always love you...can't say goodbye,sweet lady.......
Lani McCoy
April 17, 2020
Gayle, Patty and I will always remember the Merrill Lynch trip we took to Cabo San Lucas where the two of you had too much to drink and were dancing on the tables. You were always a lot of fun to be with. We'll miss you

Ed and Patty Oleata
April 16, 2020
I am proud to have been able to perpetuate her commitment to the La Jolla coastline and very sad to learn of her loss. We went back to tennis in the 80's at San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. Will miss seeing her around town.
Ann Dynes
April 16, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Gayle in 2007, while we we working together, and fortunately for me, we became very close friends instantly. Gayle was a bright beacon of happiness, humor and love. She had a delightful way of bringing sunshine with her wherever she went and her sense of humor, which was infectious, would have you laughing in minutes. I loved every moment we shared together, Gayle was an angel from heaven among us. I was both blessed and honored to have her friendship and love. I miss you so very much my dear beautiful and wonderful Galita. With love, Char
April 16, 2020
I worked with Gayle at Wells Fargo in La Jolla until her retirement. She was always so kind to me. I miss talking with her and her enthusiasm, her kind and positive energy made me feel like we were friends. I will remember her warmly. Thank you Gayle!
DARREL MADISON
April 16, 2020
Gayle, I will always remember your stories of how you were in your bikini when you were recruited to be a stockbroker, how your branch manager didn't think a woman could do the job, and how you proved him wrong! Thank you for your friendship. Rest in Peace.
David K. Wilson
April 16, 2020
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