Obituary: Bruce Gavett Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

BRUCE GAVETT Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

Bruce Gavett, born September 3, 1927, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on October 10th, 2018.

To say that Bruce lived life “full up” would be an understatement. He was born in New York City and joined the USMC before he was 18 with his parents’ permission.  He served honorably until discharged in 1945. After the war he went to work in mines and oilfields all over the west from Texas to Idaho to Washington. His stories from the mines and oilfields were endless and always very entertaining.

Bruce moved to Vermont and was for many years the General Manager and Ski School Director of the Haystack Ski Area. He was a volunteer fireman in Wilmington Vt. and he helped start the first Rescue Squad there. He was an EMT and loved helping others in emergencies. Bruce also built a number of houses, he did tree work and logged and was an excellent woodworker and carpenter. Bruce moved to Los Alamos and was the GM at the Pajarito Ski Area. 

Bruce was an avid bike racer, Harley rider, skier, motocross rider, sky diver and all around great athlete. Bruce was a constant and astute reader; he was never without a book.

Bruce was preceded by his parents, Ida and Robert, late wife Lola and brother Bob. He is survived by his wife Marji, children; Dave Gavett (Traudl), Cindy Mumford (Boomer), Emmy Baca (Mike) and Jamie Dunn (Mike); grandchildren, Sam and Tim Gavett, Emmy Mumford, Savannah Sweers, Jeffrey Sweers-Swensen, Selina, Jada, and Jonah Baca.  

Bruce was a loving, kind, generous, positive rock who will be missed by many.

The family would like to thank the many people who helped provide loving care for Bruce. Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:00 am at the United Church in Los Alamos.