2012-03-22 / Obituaries

Gordie Fraser Varney

Gordie Fraser Varney passed away peacefully at home on March 11. Gordie was born in Mariposa to Norm and Rose Varney on Dec. 19, 1956, and was a life-long resident in the mountains he loved so much.

Gordie was a humble, honest, hard working, loving, and gracious man. He lived his life believing the greatest gift you can give to yourself and others is the relationships and memories you form with them. He had a genuine passion for life and spent his free time enjoying gardening, fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, but mostly spending quality time with his family and friends.

There wasn’t an aspect of Gordie’s life where he didn’t make a lasting impression with those he came in contact with. He devoted his life to any and all activities that required a helping hand.

Everyone was special to him, and many of his friendships were formed through his talent and love as a heavy equipment operator.

Gordie found he had a natural ability running equipment shortly after high school which eventually led him to the Mariposa County Road Department for 16 years. Gordie then found his true calling at CAL FIRE where he worked passionately for 11 years as a heavy fire equipment operator. He took great pride in knowing his devoted work made a difference to so many people in their times of need.

Gordie was a loving and supportive husband, father, son and brother, and we will forever miss him. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn; children Braden and Chalé; mother, Rose; sisters Kay, JoAnn, Colleen and Mary Lou; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you and acknowledge a few of many supporters: Dr. Robert Rose and the Mariposa Family Medicine staff; Pat, Laura, Billy and the staff of John C. Fremont Home Health; The Bullis Family, Brian Jacobson, Ort Holden, Bob Kirchner, Steve Parkins and the CAL FIRE family, and everyone who supported Gordie and the family through the trying times.

A celebration of life is planned for Gordie on March 25 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds beginning at 1 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to come and share memories of this amazing man. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in memory of Gordie be made to: The Barrier, in care of Samuel O. Hensley, P.O. Box 1195, Mariposa, CA 95338 or Keller Rescue, 43530 Crooks Mountain Road, Ahwahnee, CA 93601.

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So,So sorry to hear about

So,So sorry to hear about Gordie. My heart is sad and my thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Greta

Heartfelt condolences to

Heartfelt condolences to Gordie's family. I am so sorry for your loss. Gordie was such a kind person. He will be missed by many.

Gordie was such an amazing

Gordie was such an amazing man. He was a great friend, coach,husband and father. The words above were well written, but hardly scratch the surface of his amazing life. He is missed!

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