Gamaliel Galindo, Sr.

August 3, 1955May 10, 2021
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Gamaliel Galindo, Sr. passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021. Gamaliel was born August 3, 1955 in Colima, Mexico to Jose Isabel Galindo Corona and Reynalda Toro Solis and grew up in Cihuatlan, Mexico. At seventeen years old, he emigrated to the United States in order to pursue the American dream. While living in Los Angeles, California, he met his beautiful wife, Martha. They married and had four wonderful children. Gamaliel and Martha immediately bought a small two bedroom home in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and they also helped raise several of their nephews and nieces. He was a beloved father-figure to many. Gamaliel and Martha eventually moved to Merced, CA. Gamaliel’s life was devoted to his family whom he loved very much. His unrelenting love, unconditional support, and hard work allowed his four children to become accomplished as lawyers, clinical researchers, academics, and writers. His American dream came true and he was proud to be an American.

Gamaliel had an outstanding work ethic and selflessness, dedicating his life to providing for his family. He went above and beyond to give his children the best life and opportunities. He worked many hard and long hours and worked many years at the Scholle Corporation both in Los Angeles and Merced, a job that he loved. He was beloved by many of his co-workers and friends.

He enjoyed going on bike rides, visiting San Francisco to walk the golden gate bridge, going to Disneyland, traveling to places like New York City and Mexico City, visiting and talking to his grandchildren in North Carolina, learning new skills, taking walks with the family dogs (Socrates and Flynn), dancing, romantic music, flowers, and most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He will be remembered for all the love he had in his heart, his loyalty, and radiant smile. Gamaliel is survived by his wife Martha, his four children (Gamaliel Jr., Rodolfo, Marisela, and Julieanna), son/daughter-in-laws (Marty and Nellie), and grandchildren (Hadrian and Aria).


  • Gamaliel Galindo, Jr.
  • Rodolfo Galindo
  • Marisela Galindo
  • Julieanna Galindo
  • Martin D. Fenstersheib
  • Ana M. Diaz
  • Veronica Galindo
  • Ricardo Galindo


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 17, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Gamaliel Galindo, Sr.

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Wendy Narez

May 17, 2021

Gamaliel was such a great example of an adoring father and husband. To know my best friend Mari is to know the beautiful family she came from, with her father as the cornerstone. She inherited his warmth, charisma and fun, and I want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Galindo family.

Hector and Jane Placencia

May 15, 2021

Will always remember Gamaliel as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. His son, our son-in-law, Rodolfo is the amazing husband and father he is today because of his dad’s influence and positive role model. We remember him as a truly nice person with a warm smile. Rest In Peace Gamaliel. We will see you again on the other side!

Beatriz Trujillo

May 14, 2021

Familia Galindo, I'm sure no words can make you feel better, only time and each other's love and support will get you through this difficult moment.

I met Mr. Galindo through his youngest daughter, Julie. Even before meeting him in person, I knew the great dad he was through Julie's stories.
I remember the time we visited his house, we were a group of broke college students looking for a camping adventure in Yosemite. He welcomed and spoiled us from the moment we entered his house; I felt right at home. He was very attentive and let us borrow all of his camping gear (I still don't know how he trusted us with a propane tank, but I'm glad he did).
Such a loving and caring man must always be remembered with a smile. He made sure to leave the best of him and I'm sure his family will continue to carry all the beautiful qualities that Mr. Galindo brought into this world.

Señor Galindo, fue un honor cruzar caminos en este viaje llamado vida.

Julie y familia, estoy con ustedes.

Gardenia Tapia

May 14, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Mr. Galindo’s passing. Though I did not have many interactions with him I’ll never forget his calming fatherly presence. The first time we met was when he came to San Francisco with his lovely wife to attend a ceremony for Julie, his support and love for her was beautiful to see. That night he treated my 4 roommates and I to dinner. Although we had just met he celebrated our acceptance into our study abroad programs, he showed us support and gave us encouragement during such an exciting time in our lives. Through Julie I continued to see what a loving and caring husband, dad and grandfather he was.

As the days continue to pass, I hope you find comfort in the people that surround you and the memories you carry in your heart.
Sending the Galindo family my thoughts and prayer during this difficult time.

Jose Alonso ALVAREZ

May 14, 2021

I first met el señor Gamaliel Galindo during my college years when he came with his lovely wife to visit Julie in our shared apartment in San Francisco. I noticed right away the care and love that he had for Julie. Although I did not know it at the time of our first meeting, I would also get to experience firsthand the care, kindness and love that radiated from him, from his expressive face, from his warm smile.

Every time I had the opportunity to interact with him -- from his visits to see Julie to kindly letting me and other friends stay at his home on our way to Yosemite -- I always felt so at ease, so welcomed. Over time, he became a fatherly figure for me.

The last time I was in the same physical place as Julie's dad was back in 2012, but his presence never disappeared. Through Julie, we kept in touch, and more recently, he had begun to contact me directly. He would write to me to wish me a happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a feliz año nuevo. Sometimes it was to check on me, to see that I was doing well, and other times to tell me that he was planning to come visit me with la Señora Martha here in France.

The last message that I received from him was ten days ago, to tell me, "Happy birthday mijo." My last words to him were, "Le mando un fuerte abrazo con mucho cariño desde acá. Hechele muchas ganas!" Even when he was not feeling well in the hospital, he took the time to write to me to wish me a happy birthday. He was always thinking of others!

During one of his visits to San Francisco, he told me that he wanted to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge with me. His spirit is now free to soar across the Golden Gate Bridge, and I keep an eye out for when he decides to come visit me here in France, so I can give him the warmest welcome and love that he deserves.

With a heavy heart, I join the Galindo family in grieving the loss of the radiant, kind, and loving man that was el Señor Gamaliel Galindo. Descanse en paz y hasta siempre señor!

Adriana Stone

May 13, 2021

I remember meeting Mr. Galindo (or “Julie’s dad” as I knew him) when she moved in with us during our time at SF State. The times Julie’s parents came over to visit, Julie’s dad was always very nice and super funny! He and Julie had an amazing relationship, and I could tell how much of a family man he was. And I loved it how he could make Julie speak Spanish! That was the best!
My deepest condolences to Julie and his family, friends, and loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gabriel & Lucy Baca & Kids

May 12, 2021

Tia Martha y Primos. Que Dios los bendiga a todos y que les de la fuerza que necesitan para pasar estos momentos tan dificiles. Nuestro Tio Gamaliel siempre vivira en nuestros corazones. Su hermosa sonrisa nunca se nos borrara de la mente. We love you all very much. Lucy y Familia