Gary Lee Talley passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at his home, surrounded by family. He was 83 years old.
He was born on Oct 30th' 1934 in Central City, Merrick County, Nebraska he began building electronics with his stepfather where acquired a love of electronics. Gary went to Inglewood High School in California. He became a HAM radio operator when he was 15 with the handle W6ODY 5. He also was a diver and then later taught scuba diving. He was hired on at Hughes Aircraft / Raytheon in 1956 as Electronics Engineer. On August 3rd' 1957 he was married to Nancy Rose Peck in Los Angeles, California. In 1957, he was drafted and worked at White Sands and did missile testing and as an E4 Specialist. Gary also drove the ambulance on base and "patched up" his fellow soldiers
His 1st child Suzette was born in 1958 while at White Sands After his two years in the service he went to work at Hughes Aircraft. Gary was a safety engineer and quality assurance manager at Hughes Aircraft Radar Systems Group; before that he helped test lunar lander for NASA (which we're sure have they his fingerprints on them, up on the moon lol).
In 1960 Gary's son, and second child, Alan was born. In 1961 Gary's third child, another daughter, Nanette was born. Gary continued to further his education and went to night school at Mt. San Antonio College for several years and received his degree in 1980.
Gary's love of the ocean called him to take sailing lessons also. Gary had first a small sailboat that he would practice with at Puddingstone Lake near his home. He took the family on the weekends, to take turns riding in small sailboat and we all had to learn before we could get a bigger sailboat. Gary taught each of his children how to sail, and many more things...from riding a bike, to driving. Gary taught night school at times also. Heeventually bought two larger sail boats-One 23 foot sailboat and one 32 foot. He took his first wife, Nancy and children on many adventures off the West Coast. Often mooring the sailboats off of Catalina Island and staying the night. Gary had a pool at home where he taught his children to swim. Gary had a Harley Davidson motorcycle that he and his first wife, Nancy would take long road trips on.
He was always up for a new adventure He took the family on road trips with a camper and /or tents. Gary learned to play the piano and organ. He became a Respiratory Therapist Later when Gary remarried, he and his second wife Dorothy/Dotty Lambert used to have garden parties in their home. Gary loved to play the organ for the party. He and his second wife Dotty moved up coast to Central California and built a new home together. They lived in an idealistic beach town called Cambria (Pines by the Sea). Gary built many things in his life.
A Graveside Service will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.