Gerardo Gabriel Valenzuela ‘GABY’
May 30, 1986 – August 15, 2011
25 Years Young
GABY was born in Santa Maria, California to Jerry and Denise Valenzuela. Gaby lived all his life in Santa Maria, moved to Santa Barbara in 2008, and Grover Beach in 2008-2011. He recently moved with his parents and brother to Ladera Ranch where he made several friends.
In Santa Maria, Gaby attended Miller School, Pacific Christian School and then Orcutt Junior High School. Gaby graduated from Righetti High School in 2003. He attended Hancock College for several years and wanted to become a construction manager. While in Santa Barbara, Gaby attended Santa Barbara City College and worked in construction field as Apprentice Drywaller at U.C. Santa Barbara and in sales for Fusion Corporation. He also worked at Blacklake Golf Course and several telemarketing companies.
In 2011, Gaby moved to Ladera Ranch, where he worked at DJM Painting, where he assisted them in their painting operations. He was so enthused with the people and operations of DJM. Throughout his life Gaby enjoyed Golf, Music, Guitar, Reading, was a Movie and Sports Buff. He was a wrestler and played football, basketball and baseball. He enjoyed politics, having long discussions concerning this subject with whoever had the same interest. He was always the person that would assure everyone had a laugh when they were with him. Wherever he went, people were drawn to him to experience his ever-loyal friendship, his thoughts, wittiness and pure goodness.
Gaby was a man blessed with extraordinary attributes, who strived to live a life of adventure. He was understanding, loyal, witty, forgiving, tenderhearted, hardworking, and kind, every day of his life. He was always available to his family and friends. His legacy will be the true loyalty, respect and love that he left with every person he knew. His dream was to travel to Guam for the construction buildup and develop into a construction manager.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Denise; his sisters Selena and Marisa; and his younger brother Alex and his dog, Jade. He is also survived by his five uncles and aunts; and10 cousins, Valenzuela, Chavez, Solodkin, Vilkins, and Estrada.
A celebration of Catholic life will be held in Ladera Ranch in Orange County. The celebration will be as follows:
Vigil Service: Aug. 19, 2011 7:00 PM
O’Connor Laguna Hills Chapel and Crematory
25301 Alicia Pkwy.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
949 581-4300 Fax 949 581-3231
Funeral Mass: Aug. 20, 2011 10:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1600 Corporate Drive
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
24754 Trabuco Rd. Lake Forest, CA 92630
Burial Ceremony to be held on
Aug. 20, 2011