Gordon Walter Gray passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2023 surrounded by his family after a grueling fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Throughout his journey, Gordon remained optimistic, never losing his sense of humor. April remained by his side every step of the way keeping his spirits up even on their toughest days. Although his health troubles consumed the last 2 years, Gordon left a tremendous impact on all who knew him.
Gordon was born in Oakland, CA to George and Dorothy Gray on May 13, 1956. He was an Eagle Scout and was able to travel the world. He began his career as a Police Officer in 1977. Gordon worked as a motor officer in the traffic section, a field training officer, a narcotics detective and was part of the SWAT team. He retired in 2009 from the Stockton Police Department after a total of 32 years of service. He went on to build two very successful businesses which included Gray Ops and Sparks Black Rifle that he was extremely dedicated to and greatly passionate about. But it didn’t stop there, he was also an adjunct firearms instructor for San Joaquin Delta College.
Gordon loved to travel, ride his motorcycle, teach others on the range to improve their shooting skills and always enjoyed life to its fullest. He impacted each and every person he came into contact with: nurses, doctors, friends, and police academy students. We are all honored to call him our friend, family, husband, dad, brother, and PAPA. We will continue to miss his smile, humor, wisdom, positivity and his boundless love.
He was a devoted husband to April for over 34 years and a loving father to Amber, Andrew, Casey and Alex. One of Gordon’s biggest joys in life was being called Papa by his grandson Landon and granddaughters Aubrey and Alana; they will truly miss him. Our family will continue to share memories of him and always strive to be better because of him.