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Eugene Gordon Gauthier

February 3, 1941 July 22, 2017
Eugene Gordon Gauthier
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Eugene Gordon Gauthier,76,passed away peacefully on July 21,2017,surrounded by the love and comfort of his family at North Bay Medical Center, following a sudden illness.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 12 years, Mary Beth, his sons David (Lori) and Shawn (Tricia), his step- children Heather(Aaron) and Brett(Nelly),his nieces Christine(John),Kimberly(Roger),Shannon(Ferdinand),Amy(Jeromy) and a nephew Brian(Jenna). He is also survived by his grandchildren Aaron Joseph, Jordan,Inayah,Joseph,TJ,Gabriel,Devin,Isaiah and Andrew, as well as great nieces and nephews Morgan(Brandon),Mykal ,Kailyn,Nicholas, Mathew,Kamden,Sydney,Nathaniel,Jackson,Weston,Corey and Blake.
Gene was born in New Hampshire on February 3,1941 and raised in Florida.He graduated from high school and then enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force. Upon leaving the service with honor, he attended Golden State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. After graduating college, he served as a police officer for the Vallejo police department for many years. During his tenure as an officer of the law, he filled many positions including detective, hostage negotiator and motor officer, however, due to his stature and the size of the then standard issue Harley Davidson, he often times found himself at a red light needing assistance from a fellow officer to be retrieved from under the bike. He was an officer of integrity and honor and took great satisfaction from serving the people in his community and giving critical assistance to those in need who may have crossed his path. Along with his police career, he also worked as a self-employed contractor, opening a successful contracting company which bore his name, Gauthier Construction, from which he retired in February of this year.
His interests included major league baseball, classic John Wayne films and memorabilia, and playing Keno in his favorite local eatery, Burger City, where he and his wife enjoyed the love of many close friends . Although he was a tender hearted man, his fierce loyalty to the Dodgers and the Colts put him at direct odds with many of the other patrons he befriended, suffering a constant brow beating from the fans of the local, more popular professional baseball and football teams, against which he never wavered in his devotion to the teams he had followed since he was young . Gene proudly wore his teams' jerseys and hats and endured whatever teasing anyone wanted to direct at him, diligently defending his fandom and his teams. It was not unlike him to enjoy "stirring the pot" at every given opportunity he had, whether it was in regards to his sports teams or making a cheeky comment about anyone who would join in a funny little back and forth banter. It was a favorite personality trait to anyone who knew him well.
It was always his preference to spend quality time with his family as much as he could. Until the moment he left this life, he maintained all of the inherent character qualities which made him such a well rounded, respected police officer , and they guided him in his daily life with friends and family and strangers alike. Anyone with whom he came in contact, was immediately welcomed by his jovial and sarcastic wit, and witness to his friendly and generous spirit. Any girl scout or community club member could have cleaned out his wallet with just a few words and a cute little smile, and he would empty it gladly to be able to give to others. There was simply no limit to what he was willing to give of himself, in the name of charity or in the name of love, for those in need, be they family, friend or acquaintance. He was a kind and selfless man, a devoted, caring husband to his wife, whom he loved immensely, a wonderful father, step-father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all who knew him.
Services will be held on Friday, July 28,2017 at 1:30pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Rd. Dixon, CA 95620. Honorary pall bearers are Dale Dzwoniarek, Jim Loughnane, David Gauthier, Shawn Gauthier, Brett Morris, Ferdinand Vallar, Mykel Vallar, Aaron Miller, AJ Miller, Brian Jensen, John McComas, and Nick McComas. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675, or to a charity of your choice in his name.

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Graveside

Friday

28

Jul

1:30 PM 7/28/2017 1:30:00 PM
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

5810 Midway Rd.
Dixon, CA 95620

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Rd. Dixon 95620 CA
United States

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Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Final Resting Place

5810 Midway Rd.
Dixon, CA 95620

5810 Midway Rd. Dixon 95620 CA
United States
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