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Gary Workman

Gary Workman - Born July 25, 1948, Gary passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2011, as a result of a head injury suffered in a fall two weeks earlier. Lovingly at his side were daughter Kara Smith, his brother Randy and Gary’s girlfriend Sher Noffsinger.

Gary is also survived by his mother, Clareen Workman, grandchildren Jacob and Hannah 
Smith, sisters Judy Butler, Pam Thornhill and Kelley Sedoryk as well as many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his father John and siblings Rita Yoho and Mark. 

Gary grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and attended Holy Innocents Catholic Church and Polytechnic High. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

A gentle soul, Gary loved baseball, basketball, fishing, gathering firewood and eating gummy bears while watching CSI. He remained close to childhood best friend, Lynn Rizer, and looked forward to their annual fishing trip to the Sierras.

Camping was secondary to Gary’s love of the beach. After living on Maui for 15 years, he returned to the Mainland to earn his college degree. He ultimately moved to San Diego where he worked for VOA as supervisor to the residential dual diagnosed treatment facility. Gary relocated to Big Bear in 2004 and worked for Big Bear Recovery Services for over 6 years. Gary took much pride in his work as a counselor and will be greatly missed by those he has helped and lives he has touched throughout 
his work.

There will be a private service in Long Beach Jan. 14, 2012. A public memorial service will be held in Big Bear at a later date.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:58 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper