The Obit For Gary Howard

Gary Burton Howard
January 22, 1950 - December 17, 2012

Published in Appeal Democrat on January 12, 2013

Gary Burton Howard passed away peacefully at home in Vacaville, Ca after succumbing to cancer on December 17, 2012, at the young age of 62.

He was the beloved husband of (wife) Ann Marie (Monahan) Howard for 43 years; loving father of three children; Marc Howard, Matt (Erika) Howard both of Vacaville and Erin (Danny) Frey of Florida. He was the proud "Papa" of nine grandchildren--seven granddaughters and two grandsons!

He is also survived by his siblings Gene (Nancy) Howard of Oregon; Danny (Cheryl) Howard, Randy Howard and June Castner all of Yuba City, Ca; his sister-in- law Ginger Howard of Live Oak, Ca and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Ila Howard; his father, Lyndell Howard; his brother, Frank Howard; his niece, Tracy Howard and his nephew, Craig Castner.

In his earlier days, Gary was an outstanding athlete, with baseball his passion. Soon after college, he was drafted by the Houston Astros baseball team. After a short stint of two years, he returned to Yuba City where he and Ann soon started their family.

Several years later, he moved his family to Vacaville where he was employed by Napa State Hospital as a LPT until he retired in 2005. Since that time, he has devoted his time to his family. His passion for sports was passed onto his children as well as his grandchildren. He loved attending his grandkids soccer, softball, basketball, baseball and football games; he was an inspiring coach to his grandsons as he was to his own sons; he also loved camping trips with his family.

His other interests included music and writing poetry. He enjoyed playing his keyboard for family and friends;he affectionately dubbed himself "The Unknown Pianist"!! Gary will be remembered for his kind heart, his sense of humor, his love to "gab", his infectious laugh and his love for family and friends.

He will be greatly missed with many fond memories--his spirit will live on in our hearts and will never, ever be forgotten!!

Gary's family would like to thank everyone who knew him for all your prayers, love and support. At his request, no formal service was held. A gathering to celebrate Gary's life will be private.

Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233.