After being hospitalized in Mountains Community Hospital at the beginning of the 2023 blizzard, Gary Alari, 75, passed away on March 16, 2023, at Parkview Community Hospital, Riverside. The cause of death was respiratory failure brought on by other health issues.
Gary was born in Los Angeles on January 20, 1948, to Ed and Ruby Alari. He graduated from Montebello High School in 1966 after which he attended Cal State Los Angeles. It was at this time in his life when Gary discovered his talent and passion for golf. Gary is probably most remembered for being an avid golfer and a well-respected roofing contractor. Some of the most unique roofs on the mountain can be attributed to Gary and his crew.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ed, and his daughter Tika. He leaves behind his wife Mary Jo; son Josh (Sonia), granddaughter Kai; daughter Amber (Mike), granddaughters Sierra (Isaiah), Cali and Brooke, grandsons David, Abraham and Matthew; son-in-law Charlie Weeks, grandsons Ryan and Nathan; sister Verna Ionata, nieces Cathy, Jeanine (Allen) and Charlene (Chuck).
In lieu of flowers, donations to Arrowhead Lake Association’s Fish Stocking program would be a fine way to honor Gary as he had been the official fish weigher at ALA’s annual Fishing Derby for the past six years or more. When Gary put away his golf clubs, he picked up his fishing rods and made many memories walking streams and rivers casting for the Big One.
Gary did not want a memorial service. However, he was always up for a FIESTA. So, his family is planning a FIESTA for Gary with details still to be confirmed. An announcement will be posted on social media and in the paper with time and location.