2015-08-13 / Obituaries

Robert A. Gallison

Robert (Bob) Gallison, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on May 27, 2015. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with close family, after briefly rallying from a physical decline brought on by prostate cancer.

Bob lived most of the last 40 years in Evergreen, Colo., where he vigorously enjoyed mountain living and family, and before retirement, commuted to Denver to wrap up a 37-year career as a land supervisor with Exxon Mobil. Prior to his move to Denver, the oil industry brought transfers to Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Durango.

Dad had the rare fortune in early life to grow up near the base of Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park as the son of one of the first National Park Service rangers. He fondly related many boyhood adventures in the park, hiking, hunting, fishing and skiing with his brother Glenn and sister Dorothy. In honor of his father’s work planting the first fish in a remote, high Sierra lake, Gallison Lake was designated.

Bob graduated from Mariposa High in 1943, where he competed for the track and ski teams. Early alpine ski prowess at one of the nation’s first ski hills, Badger Pass, led to placing in many ski meets and success competing in four events (downhill, slalom, jumping and cross-country) on the UC Berkeley ski team in the mid 1940s.

It was also in Yosemite that Bob met his first wife Marifran, whom he married in 1951. There followed two children, Dave (Cherri) and Lisa Fuller, as well as four grandchildren, Caley and Lauren Gallison and Justin and Sarah Fuller. Despite being stationed at a distance, and especially after retirement, Bob and his family generally made it back to Yosemite almost every year.

Always active, Dad joined the jogging craze in the mid-1960s and also picked up cross-country skiing during his eight years in Anchorage. Upon moving to Evergreen, Colo. from Anchorage, Bob took up mountain biking and cross country ski racing, even beating then Gov. Richard Lamm in the Governor’s Cup Race.

After retirement, the couple traveled the United States, Europe and Africa, and it was in Kenya that Marifran met an untimely death in 1997. In 1999, Bob was fortunate to reconnect with a longtime friend, Nora Harvey, and they married and enjoyed more than sixteen years together in Evergreen and Cambria.

Bob was known as a kind, steady man with a generous and understanding heart. He led a full and generative life, blessed by the love of family, friends and colleagues.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 16 at the Yosemite Valley Chapel, with a reception to follow at the Ahwahnee. For contact info, people may contact his son Dave at (503) 704-7796. People who would like to honor Dad’s life, please consider a charitable donation to The Yosemite Fund or Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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