Julio Gomez Sr.

October 26, 1935January 17, 2021

Julio Gomez passed away peacefully on the morning of January 17th, 2021 after a brave battle with Parkinson’s disease and a recent Covid-19 diagnosis. He was born on October 26, 1935 in Bogota, Colombia to Gabriel Gomez and Beatriz Zerrate de Gomez. Julio graduated from Gimnasio Moderno High School in Bogota and began his studies at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. Two years later he transferred to The University of Pittsburgh on an academic scholarship and graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1957. He also played varsity soccer while at Pitt. Post-graduation, Julio returned to Bogota and worked at Bavaria, a subsidiary of Grupo Santo Domingo (GSD), a major Colombian conglomerate. He was noticed by the Chairman of GSD for his outstanding performance and offered full scholarships to both Stanford University for a Masters in Management and UCLA for an MBA. During this time in Colombia, Julio also became a national Table Tennis champion! Julio had a passion for automobiles and single-handedly restored and rebuilt a 1952 MG, which he proudly drove through the streets of Bogota. His main accomplishment, however, was marrying the love of his life, Gloria Villamil. Julio and Gloria married in 1964 and shared 56 years together. They moved to Palo Alto, CA shortly after their wedding where Julio received his MM at Stanford University and then his MBA at UCLA.

While Julio pursued his studies at UCLA, the young couple had two sons, Gabriel and Julio Jr. Following UCLA, Julio and Gloria moved to Yakima, WA where Julio became Plant Manager at Hop Extract Inc. It was not an easy decision to move to Yakima, since their whole family, and many friends lived in Colombia. Julio made the selfless decision to remain in the U.S. to give his children a chance at the America Dream, even if it meant not going back to Colombia. Once settled in Yakima, Julio and Gloria had their third son, Carlos. Julio spent 37 years in the hops industry and travelled the world selling hops to major breweries. He retired as the Vice-President of SS Steiner Inc. as their number one worldwide salesperson. Julio loved travelling and made many friends along the way. No matter where his sons traveled, Julio always had a friend they could reach out to if help were needed. He loved animals and people, and was the life of many a party, he was never shy, and you always knew where you stood with him. But most of all, he loved his family. Julio was always happiest watching his sons play sports. He could be found on the sidelines cheering them on in Spanish, whether it was a rowdy soccer game or a tense tennis match!

Julio recognized the opportunities the U.S. provided for his family. He taught his sons to be bilingual, stressing the importance of mastering both languages. Knowing this, Julio brought all his nieces and nephews from Colombia to spend summers in Yakima. Family was so important to Julio, eventually most of them even spent a year in Yakima so they could go to school with his kids. Even though Julio was always proud to be from Colombia, one of his happiest days was when he and Gloria became U.S. citizens in 1983. The only mid-life crisis Julio had was when he bought a motorcycle. Fortunately, Gloria put an end to that, and he sold his beloved bike after only a few months. Tough but fair, he never asked more of others than he asked of himself. His bite was never as big as his bark, and he truly had a heart of gold. His charm and humor would always light up the room and his legacy will live on through his sons and grandchildren. All who were lucky enough to have met Julio will miss him dearly. Julio is survived by his wife, Gloria, his sons Gabriel (Sarah), Julio Jr. and Carlos, his grandchildren, Olivia, Zander, Antonia, Max, his sister Zita, and niece and nephew Sylvia and Jose Vicente. Adios, descansa en paz - tu familia te ama y te extranaremos mucho.


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Julio Gomez Sr.

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Vicky Kim

February 25, 2021

Dear, Gloria, sending condolences to you and your family, so sorry for your loss,
We miss Julio with all our heart,
Love you,
Vicky and jung kim

Eugene Andruchowicz

January 27, 2021

I do remember when Julio told me that after skiing for the first time I will have so much pain all over my body that even my eyelashes will hurt! That was really funny, this happened probably in 1977 or 1978, and was very funny; rest in peace Julio!

Penny Gardner

January 25, 2021

My deepest condolences to you, your mom, and your family for the loss of your father.

May God bring peace.

Love, Penny

Richard Twiss

January 25, 2021

Sorry to learn of Julio's death via the Yakima grapevine. Everyone knew and loved him. Just read his beautifully written obituary.

I knew Julio from the golf course and 19th hole. With his wry smile and great sense of humor, he was the life of a party. More so, of course, when Gloria was with him. They added a note of glamor to any occasion.

Julio and Gloria raised three handsome and successful sons. Like their father, classy and always cordial.

The world has lost a true gentleman. His memory will live with all of us, bringing a smile when we think of him.


Dick Twiss

Scott and Lee Slater

January 25, 2021

Your Dad was a wonderful man. Though I only met him twice during our road trips to Yakima on leave from Annapolis, he left an impression. Warm, caring, put family and friends above all else and so proud of his children. I know he will be sorely missed and I am so sorry for your loss, especially at this time when we can't gather to celebrate his life as we should.
Scott and Lee

David Mussafer

January 25, 2021

To Gabriel and the Gómez family - I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. He was certainly an incredibly special man! His life story makes it clear what a mountain of a man he truly was to so many! My heart goes out to all of you. Sincerely, David

carleen (ponto)obrien

January 24, 2021

I read about Julio passing today and I am truly sorry. My parents Bob and Judy Ponto(now gone)., always raved how nice Julio was. Dad loved to listen to him at the tennis club. The obituary was so well written and I know he is missed.
Love Carleen Ponto Obrien

Rosemarie & Albert Jaenicke

January 24, 2021

Dear Gloria, Gabriel and Family, Julio and Carlos,

please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Our thoughts are with you in your loss.

Rosemarie & Albert Jaenicke

colleen the nurse lopez

January 24, 2021

Dear Gloria and family, remembering him fondly, I share your loss as I loved him too. Your nurse and friend, Colleen R.N. (Dr. Ballew and Dr. Lascar's nurse.

Barbara (Gray) Imperial

January 24, 2021

Condolences to each of you, Gabriel, Julio, Carlos and loved ones! Will always treasure the memories of childhood in Yakima on Roza Vista Drive with the neighborhood kids playing throughout until our parents would summon us home to eat or do chores! May you be comforted with the honor, sacrifice and success your father has passed on to you!
With deepest sympathy and respects,
Barbara (Gray) Imperial