Gary Mitsuro Kaya

August 7, 1944 - May 3, 2017
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Gary Kaya, 72 of El Cerrito passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Napa, CA. Mr. Kaya was born in Gila Rivers, Arizona, lived a few years in Albany before residing in El Cerrito for the last 38 years. Gary was a project manager/computer programmer for over 51 years. A lover of life, Gary enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, basketball “Golden State Warriors”, football “49ers”, baseball “Giants”, wine making, baking, playing guitar, piano, and most importantly his family. Gary is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years Janice Kaya, El Cerrito; 2 children, Jolie Kaya Trode, Martinez, CA. and Ryan Kaya, El Cerrito, CA. 2 grandsons, Rory and Koji Trode both of Martinez, CA. 3 brothers, George Kaya and his wife Machi, Walnut Creek, CA., Fred Kaya and Dian of Medford, OR., and Sandy Kaya and his wife Lois of Martinez, CA., 1 sister, Lilian Fujitani and her husband Donald of Haiku, HI. Nephews and Nieces – Newton, Kathy, Patty, Cyndi, Kelly, Erinn, Adrienne, Brett Sr., Kirsten, Arlene, Darren, Steven, Larry, Beth, Chris. And so so many good friends, too many to name. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 at The Sunset View Mortuary, 101 Colusa Ave., in El Cerrito, CA. A private burial will take place at a later date at Sunset View Cemetery. Attire for the service-ALOHA CASUAL!! Gary would want everyone to be comfortable and he loved Aloha shirts! Koden can be mailed to: The Family of Gary Kaya, In Care of Sunset View Mortuary, Box 187, El Cerrito, CA 94530 Please contact Jolie with any questions: 510837-8847.

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Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Born: August 7, 1944
Died: May 3, 2017

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Dennis Ford posted on 5/23/17

My deepest sympathy to Gary's family. I was fortunate to get to know Gary and always enjoyed his warmth and laughter. He was ready with a joke or a story and just a wonderful guy to spend time with. I will miss being able to play golf with him, have a beverage, or just share time. Sincerely Dennis Ford


Pam Nicholas posted on 6/27/17

I just heard. I'm very sad about the news. I worked with Gary for a number of years in two separate jobs. I considered him a mentor. He taught me a lot about the kind of leader that I wanted to be.


Sandy & Lois Kaya posted on 5/26/17

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Lillian Fujitani posted on 5/31/17

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Jaye Cooper posted on 5/24/17

Gary was a very kind man and it was a pleasure knowing him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP Gary! Say hi to Muzzy for me... Jaye Cooper