Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In 1969, Gary settled in Blackfoot and married Karelene Coram. Their first daughter, Alicia Brandy was born on Gary’s birthday in 1973. A second daughter, Angela Rae, was born June 10, 1975. Gary and Karelene were later divorced.
In the fall of 1975, Gary moved to Mackay and worked as an auto mechanic and later as the City of Mackay maintenance supervisor.
However, Gary’s “gypsy” blood never allowed him to stay put in one place for long. Although his home was in Mackay, he continued to travel, working in the mining industry, first as a heavy equipment operator and later as a superintendent.
Although Gary worked and lived in many different places he was happiest in Mackay riding a four-wheeler on the mine hill, fishing from his boat on the reservoir and sharing his love of the outdoors with all his grandchildren. His last two years of his life were spent doing exactly what he loved most; camping, fishing, hunting and riding four-wheelers with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; children Alicia Brandy (Greg) Hammack, Angela Rae (Ryan) Reynolds, Amber Eileen Hames; stepchildren Lori (Kevin) Ross, Michelle Applegate, Valkyrie Loman, Erik (JoAnna) Peterson; 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, George (Jan) Hames and Jasper (Jan) Hames; 5 sisters, Melba (Delbert) Hellickson, Jerrine (Ron Woods) Clure, Bona (Jim) Merrill, Margo (Mike) Clure and Darlene Kidd; and numerous nieces and nephews.