Gary Lee Lampi, 77, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2021 surrounded by his family in Sacramento, California, his home for the past 20 years. Born in Richmond, CA in 1944, Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Irene, and his favorite Basset Hound, Bogey. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Willa; his children Jeremy, Jason, and Amy; their spouses, Kami, Andrea, and Chris; stepson, David Gumina; six grandchildren, Jordan, Nicholas, Charlotte, Alex, Aubrey, and Daphne; his brother Bill and Sister-In-Law Sally.
Over his 77 years, Gary found many passions. In his younger and middle-aged years, he could be found on local golf courses hacking away from rough to rough occasionally finding the fairway. He was an avid sports and music fan and passed these enthusiasms along to all his children. Gary had a profound love for the arts, especially the performing arts. He loved the theater and spent the 1980s volunteering as treasurer and mixologist at the Benicia Old Town Theatre Group where his wife and children all performed. Gary and Willa regularly attended performances at B-Street Theatre in Sacramento and made an annual pilgrimage to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After retiring from a career in healthcare finance, Gary took to restoring pipes and collecting cigars as hobbies. He could often be found among his friends at Tobacco Road where his quick wit and sense of humor made him a popular figure. Gary asked to be cremated, for his ashes to be scattered, and that the song “Forest Lawn” by Tom Paxton be played at his funeral.
I want to go simply when I go,
And they'll give me a simple funeral there I know.
With a hundred strolling strings,
And topless dancers with golden wings
Oh take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.
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