Dec. 18, 1946 - June 9, 2012
CALDWELL, Idaho --Gary Stoller, 65, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Palisade, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in a plane crash in rural Elmore County northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. Gary was piloting the small plane and encountered stormy weather as he traveled from Nebraska to Idaho to meet up with his wife to go on a cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary.
Gary was born Dec. 18, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Oscar and Tillie Stoller. He is survived by his wife, Davy Stoller of Caldwell; son, Scott Stoller of Chico, California; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Tiffany Stoller and granddaughters Reagan Skow and Mckinley Stoller, all of Palisade, Nebraska. Gary is also survived by his siblings, Leigh Layne, Sandy Stoller and Aaron Stoller and his nieces and nephew, Katy, Hannah and Alex Go; Monica (Brandon) Rappaport; and Rocky Camin.
Gary was a loving husband of nearly 40 years, a proud father, grandfather and uncle. He spent his youth in Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and Los Angeles, California, while his father was enlisted in the military. As a young man, Gary worked as an electrician in Southern California. When he married Davy, they purchased and ran the Beverly Ponyland.
In 1975, Gary and Davy moved to Northern California and bought their first ranch. They later purchased the Columbia Stage Line and started a horseback riding business in the Columbia State Park, an Old West gold rush town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California. They operated these successful entities for 16 years.
In 1986, Gary established Bear Mountain Angus with his wife and two sons. He was passionate about the Angus business, and today, Bear Mountain Angus remains a family-owned business which has been passed on to his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Tiffany. In recent years, Gary joyously welcomed his two granddaughters, Reagan and Mckinley and was a dedicated, loving grandfather.
Gary loved and lived life to the fullest and knew no strangers, making friends everywhere he went. Gary's sense of humor and limitless generosity touched countless lives and his legacy will live on in the memories of those who knew him.
Grave site services will be held Friday, June 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. PT at the Columbia City Cemetery in Columbia, California. Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home will be handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent in Gary's honor for a Junior Angus youth scholarship fund that will be established in the future. Memorials may be sent to: 22318 Sirocco Court, Caldwell, ID 83607