Gary Preston Cramer


Gary Preston Cramer passed away November 22, 2021

Cramer – Gary Preston Cramer passed away November 22, 2021 at the age of 77.

Gary was born July 18, 1944, in Newark New Jersey. When he was 3 years old he and his parents moved to Southern California and lived Redondo Beach, Torrance and settled in Garden Grove.

He graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1962. He enjoyed himself playing with cars, dancing and going out with friends. 1963 he started college carrying a full load, until 1965 he dropped a couple of classes and received his draft notice. In January of 1965. He chose to enlist in the Air Force Reserves. He became an Aircraft Mechanic for C-119 and C-141 Aircraft. His enlistment was for 6 years.

In 1969 he married an old friend from High School, Alicia who had a son Mark, whom Gary adopted the following year. In 1971 Gary and Alicia had a daughter Kellie. In 1973 the entire family moved to Grants Pass. In 1996 they divorced.

In March of 1997 Gary married Ms. Chris Barrett in Grants Pass. Chris was a Police Officer and Sheriff Deputy, while Gary managed the entire custodial staff for all of Grants Pass School District.

In 2010 Gary & Chris moved to Florence and never looked back.

Gary was a longtime volunteer in Grants Pass with the Kiwanis, Ombudsman and church. He continued his volunteering In Florence with the Florence Lion’s Club, Rhody Cruisers, Military Museum and the board of Florentine Homeowners Association, Inc. Gary was a very giving and kind man. He would worry about others before himself. He is and will be greatly missed. He was loved by all that knew him.

Gary is survived by his wife Chris, daughters Kellie, Danielle and sons Mark and Edward, grandchildren – Aileen, Kaila, Monica, Alex, Nicole, Niko, Oleg, Anthony, Addelyn, Keaton and 2-great-grandchildren Ash and Rowan.

A celebration of life (Memorial) will be held at a later date.

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