March 1, 1942 ~ March 18, 2021
Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: Hermosa Beach, California
The first-born son of James Oates and Edna Kinder, Gary was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended a local High School before leaving to get his GED and joining the Navy in 1960 where he served his country as an electronics technician until he received an honorable discharged in 1965.
Shortly after leaving the Navy he married the love of his life, Pat, and together they raised Jon and Paul in Granada Hills, while he worked at Xerox as an engineer. He was fortunate enough to be able to travel with his family, and while he truly enjoyed the trips they took together, he quickly developed a second love of his life, deep sea fishing. He would make a point of going on at least one week-long fishing trip a year, which he relished doing with his sons and later, grandsons. One of his greatest moments of pride was catching a 237-pound yellow fin tuna, and pictures of that catch adorned his office in a place of honor.
He retired to Hermosa Beach and found that not working didn’t really suit him, so he opened an AAMCO Transmission shop, and later a second one which afforded him the opportunity to work with his son Paul.
Sadly, his life was not without loss, with his father dying tragically before his time, and losing both his son Jon and grandson Danny far too soon. These deaths however, only reinforced his love and dedication to the people most important to him. He did eventually retire again, and focused on making Pat happy, which he saw as his purpose in life. He continued to travel and fish until he was no longer physically able to do so.
People that knew him, knew him as a pragmatic man, with a wry sense of humor, who loved his family fiercely. He is survived by his wife Pat, son Paul, grandchildren Kenny, Jennifer, Troy, and Lexi, and his brother Dale. There are no words sufficient enough to express their grief at his loss.