Gary P. Gates passed away peacefully at his home recently surrounded by his family. He was born and raised in Oakland, CA.
He worked most of his career in business finance in the East Bay and San Francisco. His passion for wine and the Napa Valley led him to reside and work in Saint Helena. Gary was part of the Duckhorn Vineyards family as one of the original investors. He joined the Frog’s Leap family as the CFO and was instrumental in the growth and expansion of the winery. He retired in 2007. Gary’s dedication to the community manifested in his assistance with the building of the OLE Health Center in Napa, his service to the Finance Committee for the Land Trust and his involvement with the Napa Valley Vintners.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy (Welby) Gates, his twin children, Bradley Gates (wife Sandy Sauter), Mindi (Gates) Straw and 4 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Robert Straw.
Gary’s request was for a small, private family Celebration of Life which was held recently.