August 15, 1935 ~ June 16, 2022
Born in: Winterset, Iowa
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado
Gary D. Mead, 86, passed away on June 16, 2022. Survived by his wife Betty of 57 years; son, Jay (Lyn) Mead; daughter, Jan (Michael Arrowood) Mead; son, Brook (Ann); sister, Jeannie (Don) Oakley; grandchildren, Chelsey (Chris) Thompson, Audrey Mead, Colin Arrowood, Aidan Arrowood, Adele Mead-Pineda (Andrew Pineda), Hayley Arrowood, Zachary Mead and Avery Mead; 4 great grandchildren, as well as nieces Kerry Oedel and Kristi St. Clair and other extended family in Georgia. Gary was born August 15, 1935, in Winterset, Iowa to Earl and Velma Mead. He was a graduate of Western State University (1957) and Adams State College (1974) and started working as a Teacher for District 60 schools in Pueblo. For many years he taught Physical Education at Belmont Elementary, at the time a new school in the Belmont neighborhood. He was known for his patience and kindness and for teaching respect and acceptance of others. He emphasized participation, sportsmanship and “doing your best” over natural athleticism. Later he worked at Centennial High School, teaching Physical Education and coaching Girls’ Softball and Track. He refereed numerous High School football games. He was an avid golfer and over the course of his lifetime made 6 holes-in-one, a double eagle and shot his age. He loved the outdoors, the Colorado mountains and vacationing with friends and family. Some of his favorite places were annual trips to Las Vegas, cruises around the Caribbean, Hawaii and in particular a trip to the Mediterranean. He loved music, listened daily, had access to it in every room of the house, including the patio. He liked watching classic movies and sports, especially golf and baseball. He was an entertaining and enthusiastic storyteller who recalled many life experiences with humor and joy. He was particularly proud of his family and was supportive of his children’s and grandchildren’s educational pursuits and goals. For on-line condolences and information concerning future memorial services please see the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors site (www.montgomerysteward.com).