Obituary: Gary Westergaard |

Obituary: Gary Westergaard

Gary Westergaard, 71, of Torrance, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2010, while in Truckee after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the beautiful mountain community which he loved. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Pauline Westergaard; three of their four children, Terry Omanson, John (Jack) Steele and Danny Westergaard; six grandchildren, Jason Omanson, Jessica Omanson, Tiffany Kowan, Meagan, Brenna and Madison Westergaard; two great-grandchildren, Kale and Reed Omanson; and his sister, Linda Drain. His youngest son, Craig Westergaard, who passed away 6.5 years ago, was surely there with open arms to welcome his dad after he left this world.

Gary was an avid outdoorsman and liked nothing better than spending a day with his wife and friends fishing at one of the many lakes in the Tahoe area. He also enjoyed hunting and in his younger days he loved to compete in desert motorcycle races as a member of the Spoke Benders Club. As in most things he did in life, he became an accomplished motorcycle competitor ranked 14th best expert in AMA District 37. And while his heart was in the Tahoe area, it was Torrance he called home and where he raised his family.

He was a good provider and even better husband to his love of his life, Pauline. He was always genuinely supportive to his children, grandchildren and all family and friends. Gary was born in Viborg, South Dakota, on Feb. 22, 1939. He moved to the South Bay Area in 1959 after leaving South Dakota to serve his country as a U.S. Marine. Gary worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years and became a successful entrepreneur owning and operating several different machine shops. Gary was considered a good man by every standard. His devotion and support to family and home spanned his lifetime. He was a gentle man of few words who made everyone feel welcome, important and worthy. He will remain in the hearts and minds of all he left behind. We all feel better having known Gary and having been given the opportunity to spend time with him We will miss him dearly but will smile in the thought of his great sense of humor and bask in the heart warming memories of all the wonderful times we shared with him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Garyand#8217;s name to one of the many cancer research foundations. A memorial service was held on Friday, June 11 at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, Ca. Please sign the guest book at

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