Gary William Bernzott of San Angelo, TX, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the age of 66, after a well-fought battle against all odds following a lung transplant in 2001.
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Gary was born in Santa Cruz, California to William Bernzott and Fern Roberta Burrkett on October 21, 1953. He graduated from Soquel High School in 1971. After serving three years in the United States Coast Guard and receiving an honorable discharge, he worked at Grand Canyon National Park for several years in multiple roles, where he further developed his lifelong passion for National Parks and the outdoors. In 2004 he received an associate degree in computer science at Howard College in San Angelo, TX, having made the Dean’s List several times, as well as the President’s list, earning numerous awards. A fond memory of Gary’s was his trip to NASA, as he was chosen to help draft a mock-up of a Mars rover.
Gary enjoyed participating in Veteran’s Day parades, taking his wife on road trips near and far, and remodeling their home. His daughter’s favorite memories are of Gary teaching her to sketch and write calligraphy at a young age. He loved spending time with all six of his grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife Shirley Bernzott, her children Rachel Greer (husband Hunter Greer), Matthew Griffin (wife Brittany Griffin), and grandchildren Bae, Landon, and Jayden; his sister Linda Ashton and brother-in-law Terry Ashton; his daughter Ardena Bernzott Lennon, son-in-law Steve Lennon, and grandchildren Aubriana, Alexis, and Sawyer; his Aunt Jean, and many close friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his father William and his mother Fern. Together with his sister Linda and wife Shirley, Gary took his mother’s ashes by motorcycle from San Angelo, TX to the Grand Canyon, where she was laid to rest.
Gary’s wish was to be cremated and laid to rest at Palo Duro Canyon. His spirit was still willing to fight, but his body was tired. He is now able to once again enjoy motorcycle rides, free of pain and worry.