Gene (Eugene) Grant died at home Friday, July 30 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 76.

Gene was born May 7, 1934 in Hawthorne, Calif., son of Eugene Grant Sr. and Iola (Sparkle) Grall Grant.

He served in the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash. in 1959 and 1960. He was on the pistol team and won several regional first-place medals.

He was a life member of Clan Grant Society and Northern California commissioner, attending many Scottish games in the 1980s and 1990s.

He took several writing classes at Napa Valley College and won an honorable mention for fiction writing in one of the Jessamyn West contests.

He had a refrigeration company in Los Angeles and came to the Napa Valley in the spring of 1974. He worked for Spink’s Refrigeration from then until 1980. He then started his own business, Gene Grant’s Refrigeration. It served several restaurants, wineries and households in the Upper Napa Valley from 1980 to 2000. He then had to retire due to ill health.

Gene was a kind and generous man who loved people and they, in return, loved him. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by Jule Grant, his wife of 35 years; his daughters Tech Sgt. Terry Moore of Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, La., and Jerry (Roel) Cortez of Kearns, Utah; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two very dear cousins, Chris (Karen) Mead of Piedmont, Calif. and Karen (Gary) Kunze of Vista, Calif.

Gene wished no funeral services, but those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the cardiac department of the St. Helena Hospital, whose skills gave him 25 more years of life, or Hospice of Napa Valley, who made his final days at home possible.

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