Gary D. Hallum died unexpectedly in his sleep on May 11, 2023 at the age of 71. He was the oldest of four children to his parents Linzie and Virginia Hallum.

Not long after graduating from Alisal High School, Gary married Lauran Peterson and they had two children, Kim and Dan. They took trips to Disneyland, Yosemite and even panned for gold on a camping trip. Gary worked at Spreckels Sugar Company. One day he forgot to remove his watch before work and lost it in the sugar. He said that somebody got a nice watch with their sugar.

Gary was a jack of all trade. He did everything from being a caretaker to driving truck. He also deconstructed houses for the lumber and build a huge two story barn and a tree house. If anyone needed help, he would be there. He helped take care of his grandfather Robert, his mother Virginia and his step-father Alvy. There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do.

Later in life Gary met Missy and they married and had a son, Ryan. Gary wanted the best for his family and left the fishing docks of Moss Landing to work in wastewater management. He worked hard and studied hard to pass the required tests.

In retirement, Gary, Missy and Ryan moved to Eureka. Gary loved cutting and polishing rocks, cross pollinating peppers for varieties that were both tasty and spicy and he loved his animals. Gary and Missy became parents of many rehomed birds including a duck. Gary had a special bond with them. Gary was also gifted at cross stitch. His works are mesmerizing.

Gary is preceded in death by with parents, Linzie and Virginia and his brother Keith. He is survived by his wife Missy, his children, Kim, Dan and Ryan and his sister Star, brother Chuck and his nephew Dustin. Gary was much loved and will be very missed.

Gary wished to forgo services.


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