July 13, 1935 – October 3, 2013
Gary was born in Oakland, CA on July 13, 1935 to William and Helen Donovan. He passed away peacefully on October 3, 2013, due to complications from melanoma.
Gary was raised in Montclair in the Bay Area and attended Piedmont High School. He went on to attend UC Berkeley, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was an avid Cal Berkeley fan and enjoyed attending football games with friends and family. Gary served in the U.S. Navy in the early Vietnam years.
After the Navy, Gary started working in commercial real estate finance. He was a dedicated worker and loved the business. He worked at Pacific Mutual, Mason McDuffie, Coldwell Banker and then for himself. In 1973 he moved his family to the Sacramento area.
On August, 17, 2013, Gary and his wife Marie celebrated 50 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife Marie and daughter Ellyn both of Sacramento, his brother, Drew Donovan (Delila) of San Mateo. He had many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Gary loved coffee and conversation and was in several coffee groups that met regularly. He was very knowledgeable about plants and was proud of the plants he was able to grow in Sacramento. His favorite place to visit was the Hawaiian Islands. He embraced the culture and embodied the "Aloha" spirit.
Gary was an amazing person, who loved life, his family and his friends. He will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Behl and her staff for the excellent care and support they provided.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 5057 Cottage Way, Carmichael CA 95608 an Thursday, October, 10, 2013. The viewing will begin at 12:30pm and a mass will start at 1:00pm followed by a reception at St. Johns Hall at OLA. Burial will take place at Jackson Catholic Cemetery the following day. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sutter Cancer Center or to the Cal Grid Club of Sacramento.
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November 8, 2013
Dad, I miss you so very much and think about you everyday. You were the most amazing father and friend. I can't thank you enough for all that you did for Mom and I. I know you are always with me. I love you! Elly
October 12, 2013
We are sorry for your loss and offer our condolences to your family. Gary was always cheerful, friendly, and loved attending the seasonal Sacramento Grid Club meetings where we met him. Our sympathies to your family. Lynda and Lee Welter
October 9, 2013
Dear Mrs. Donovan & Ellyn: I am very sorry for your loss. Wish I could help ease the pain. All my love: Magda
October 9, 2013
Gary: Loved your support when I headed the Grid Club. Always appreciated your Hawaiian Cal shirts. We will miss your hopeful enthusiam and probing questions. Roll on my dear friend.