Obituary of Gary Wilmoth
May 5, 2014
Gary Wilmoth hung up his hammer and laid down his saw on Feb. 9, 2014. He fell asleep peacefully at his home in Grass Valley.
A barbecue to celebrate his life will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. For details, call Becky at 530-274-8396
Gary was born Sept. 6, 1954, to Larry and Minola Wilmoth in San Francisco, Calif. He attended Nevada Union High School and graduated in 1972.
He moved back to the city and pursued a career in roofing, along with his father, in the family business for 17 years.
Gary was married to Diane Healey from 1975 to 2003. They had four children.
He returned to Grass Valley and became a man of many trades. Self-taught, Gary was not afraid to try anything. He did electrical, plumbing, masonry, sheetrock, painted many houses, built houses, barns, shops, remodels, fence work and even built a small bridge, while continuing to do a few roofing jobs.
Gary was very fair with his customers and had a theory of not “gouging” them so they would be return customers. Many continued to use Gary for odds and ends while becoming friends along the way.
A man of honesty, integrity, loyalty and dedication to those he worked for in and out of our community. Gary was raised to be a hard worker and that he was.
Gary said, “I just get in and get it done.” He never complained and there was never a job too big or small.
He loved a good challenge and some called him “Mr. Fix it”; many called him “amazing.” He was a one-man show, but he made every job look easy.
Gary is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Becky) Lacayo-Wilmoth; daughters Sharon Wilmoth, Danielle Coliten, Lisa Drummond; and son Gary Jr. He had two stepsons, Damien and Douglas Lacayo; and two stepdaughters, Tia Haas and Tami Lacayo; one grandson Wyatt Coliten; and step-granddaughters Kaylah and Tessah Lacayo, Miyah and Bailey Lacayo and Acacia, Macy and Bella Haas; parents Larry and Minola Wilmoth; brothers Larry Wilmoth Jr., Rich Wilmoth and Mark Wilmoth; sisters Marsha Foster, Lori Lyden and Cheryl Tofty. He has many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Gary’s grandfather, Luther W. Marsh (Pop), preceded him in death. Gary was very fond of his grandfather. The history of the Marsh family dates back to the 1800s.
Gary will be remembered for his work ethic and his spontaneous and off-the-cuff sense of humor. Gary could make anyone laugh.
Gary loved his work, but loved to play. He loved hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, (skiing, as a young man), camping, a good football game, restoration of old cars, and just hanging out with family and friends. Occasionally, he enjoyed the casino and the smile it put on his disabled stepdaughter’s face.
Gary will be missed by many; to know him, was to love him. He left too soon but will never be forgotten.