Gary Melvin Cory passed away at his home on October 14, 2017. He was 78 years old. Married to his loving wife, Judy Cory, for 55 years, his legacy lives on in his five children: Todd Cory, Scott Cory, Kathy Brierley, Matt Cory and David Cory, as well as his sixteen grandchildren. He dearly loved his family. His grandchildren added extra special meaning to his life and he never failed to take the time to play and talk with them. They will remember him for his ability to make the simple fun and wondrous, with a ready laugh and sparkle in his eye. His thirty-five-year professional career centered around St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara where he was the administrator in charge of the medical laboratory. He loved his work and felt fortunate to know such a fine team of people, and friends, during his time there. An American patriot, he was passionate about the founding principles of our great country.
Gary moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1976 to raise his family in a small town. He grew up with a love for the outdoors and found a special home here in the Valley. Gardening, fruit trees, animals via 4-H activities and a John Deere tractor were a part of his daily life in some form. His character, integrity, kindness, selflessness, and vision for a life of great purpose has been a model of inspiration.
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held in his honor.
Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors