Born August 24th, 1945, in Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife of 47 years Celendra "Lenne", son Christopher, and daughter Suzanne on July 15th, 2015. He is survived by his sister Kathleen Sullivan, brothers Boyd and David (his twin). Grandchildren include Shaunessy, Kaylia and McKenna Grant and Katherine and Michael Brunn.He enlisted in the Air Force immediately after graduating from San Marcos High School in 1963, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class where he served overseas during the Vietnam War and was a decorated marksman. He and Lenne married soon after and began to work for GTE. He became a supervisor of the Solvang and Santa Maria branches and was proud to install the first push button phone in CA. He also maintained communications of the Ronald Reagan Ranch during the Presidential years.
Gerald found his greatest peace in the mountains and shared his love of nature with the area youth, serving many years as Scoutmaster for Troop 42. He was also a docent for Sedgwick Reserve, a published photographer, served on the original SYV Bike Path Committee and enjoyed singing in the SYV Choral. He lived by the saying "Follow your dreams. Never give up.