Gary E. Seyle

Date of Birth

July 7, 1938

Date of Death

February 12, 2018

Gary (79) passed away at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital due to complications of an aortic dissection. Patricia Villarreal-Seyle, his loving wife of 33 years, was as always by his side. Gary, a Santa Barbara native, was born at St. Francis Hospital, the only child of the late Lewis and Jessie Seyle.

Gary graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1956 and attended Santa Barbara City College. He was a Coast Guard reservist from 1961-1969 and worked in the grocery industry for 35 years, retiring in 1994. His lifelong love of the outdoors included surfing, kayaking, hiking and biking, which took him on many Century rides and a three-week biking tour through Europe in 1984. Golf was a game he loved, most of the time! Other passions were photography, drawing, maps and books; he always had a book in hand.

Gary leaves his three children: Cary (Ellen) Seyle, grandchildren Chris and Alex; Shelley (Pete) Overgaag, grandsons Sam and Jake; Jeff (Sonya) Seyle, granddaughters Ava and Abby. He also leaves his two loving stepsons, although to Gary there was no step: Michael (Janice) Villarreal, granddaughters Veronica, Cami and Alyssa; Jeff (Becky) Villarreal, grandsons Jacob and Isaac. Patricia’s extended family will miss him dearly as well as Mark Shulman who was the brother he never had. Along with Mark, many other longtime friends will miss his long conversations and friendship. Gary always had a good story to tell and was a friend and gentleman to all.

A special thank you to Dr. Kupperman, Dr. Spiegel, and the many other doctors and RN’s including Robert, Lacy and Heather (MICU), who cared for him. Rest well my sweet husband until we meet again.

There will be a celebration of Gary’s life on what would have been his 80th birthday. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Manning Park (Area 9) 449 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito, CA 93108.


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