Gary Clifford Sady passed peacefully amid family on Dec. 30, 2011. He will always be remembered by those who knew him well as a strong, genuine, kind, generous and honest individual.
Gary was born on May 20, 1954, in Sacramento, Calif., to Gabriel George and Beulah Mae Sady, the third of four children. Gary graduated from El Camino High School in 1972 before matriculating to Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Ariz., to play baseball (and to attend classes when it didn't interfere with batting practice).
Upon graduation, Gary enrolled at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, to play for the LCSC Warriors. During his senior year in 1976, Gary earned All-American honors and was the starting catcher for the first Warrior team to qualify for the NAIA College World Series. The LCSC team lost the title game that year to finish second in the nation.
Gary moved to the Wood River Valley in 1983. An avid sportsman, Gary enjoyed innumerable hours hunting and fishing with friends and family. He also spent a not inconsiderable number of hours alone with nature—time he found peaceful, therapeutic and deeply gratifying.
For most of his life after college, Gary stayed connected to baseball through participation in local softball leagues and as a coach of numerous Wood River American Legion teams.
Although his friends and family will miss him dearly, Gary's short 57 years constituted, in his own words, "a pretty great run."
Gary is survived by his siblings, Nancy Brownell of Rescue, Calif., Linda Sady of Reno, Nev., and Dale Sady of Spokane, Wash.; his six nieces and nephews sprinkled across the globe; his loving wife, Carla Sady of Hailey, Idaho; his children, Dani Summerill (Chris) of Pocatello, Idaho, Nikole Olive (Dave) of Orofino, Idaho, and Kayo Sady (Maegan) of Rockville, Md.; and his four grandchildren.
Gary's family would like to thank Dr. Charles Smith, Twin Falls, Idaho; Dr. Matthew Schwarz, Boise, Idaho; and Dr. Paul Montgomery, Boise, Idaho, for their candor, kindness and skill in treating Gary and helping him decide appropriate treatment courses.
His family would also like to thank Hospice of the Wood River Valley. In particular, thank you, Nancy, Kathy and Carolyn for your guidance and compassion during the last weeks of Gary's life.
A reception to honor Gary, followed by a celebration of his life, will be held in Hailey at the Senior Connection on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sady Medical Fund at DL Evans bank in Hailey, Idaho, or to Hospice of Wood River Valley.