Obituary – Gary Alari 1948 – 2023

Apr 20, 2023 | Obituaries

Gary Alari

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.


  1. Bernadette Brown bunny

    MaryJo, there really are no words that I can give I am so very very sorry We love you!!

  2. Bobbi Pregmon

    Mary Jo , I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Gary. Thank you for sharing about Gary’s golf and fishing passions. May God hold you in his arms and care for you. Know that you are in my prayers.

  3. Sue Brown Brashear

    My heart aches for you, Mary Jo. It is absolutely miserable to be without your loving husband. I’m living in Washington now and will miss your Fiesta, but my thoughts are with you.

  4. Liz and Chuck Steckler

    Our heart aches for you.. Gary was a great guy. He will be missed.

  5. Liz and Chuck Steckler

    Gary was a great guy. He will be missed. May you find comfort in your many happy memories.

  6. Brenda Gibson

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family Mary Jo. Jimmy has so many cherished golfing and poker party memories with Gary.
    He will be truly missed.
    Our love,
    Jim and Brenda Gibson

  7. Karla Maez

    Mary Jo. I am so sorry and fondly remember the night we all had here at our house. Gary was so much fun and such a nice person! My heart aches for you. Love and prayers.

  8. Polly Sauer

    Dear Mary Jo,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sending love and prayers, Polly

  9. Greg Morgon

    Jo Jo, Gloria and I (aka Glo & Fred) share fond memories of our many dates and events with you and “Big Al” over the years. We had many occasions to rejoice and some times to sob, but we always enjoyed the companionship and love for one another. I miss the hours Gary and I shared fishing on the lake, maybe not catching a lot, but treasuring the guy time. Love Greg & Gloria

  10. Karen

    Mary Jo, my heart is with you. Sorry for your loss.

  11. Donna J Bennett

    Mary Jo, Please accept my deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers. Your Gary was one of kind person always ready with a smile. Sending my love for you and the family. Big Hugs, Donna

  12. Jo Ann (Pottebaum) Ullrich

    Dear Mary Jo and family— I was so sorry to read of the passing of your husband and father. He will be missed but will always be in your thoughts and memories! May God bless and watch over you now and always!!!

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