Judge Gary Edward Meyer, 75, passed away peacefully at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN on Sunday, September 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born on August 18, 1941 to Otto and Marian Meyer. Raised in Salinas, California Gary graduated from Salinas High School in 1959 followed by Cal Berkeley in 1964. After working as a sales manager for Spreckles Sugar Company, Gary went on to graduate with a law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1974. In 1975, he joined the DA’s office in Monterey County CA where he served as a deputy district attorney for the next 23 years. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Gary a Monterey County Judge in 1999 where he served the next 10 years and retired as a Superior Court Judge. He then moved near Nashville, TN “Music City” to be close to his children and grandchildren.
Gary was a true Renaissance Man, a world-class saxophone player and musician. He played in bands his entire life, was a founder of the legendary “Good Ol’ Boys” and sang in the church choir. An exceptional chef, Gary was renowned for his cooking, grilling and bartending. He would spend an entire Sunday concocting the perfect bowl of gumbo, making every stir count. Gary was also a wizard with words, as many who have read his letters or weekly columns in the Salinas Californian can attest. Most importantly, he will be remembered as a fun, good-humored and loving husband, father, and friend.
Gary is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janan Warfield Meyer; 2 sons, Dr. Richard Warfield Meyer (wife Katherine Meyer) of Brentwood, TN and Dr. Matthew Edward Meyer (wife Kerry Meyer) of Munster, IN; 6 grandchildren, Jacqueline, Ronan, Wilson, Finnian, Cecelia and Braden; and his sister, Linda Amaral.
Visitation for Gary will take place at Hendersonville Funeral Home 353 E Main St Hendersonville, TN 37075 on Friday, September 16, from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hendersonville, TN from 11a.m. - 12 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 12:00 p.m.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held in California at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 650 E. Main St., Hendersonville, TN 37075.