Gary was born Jan. 25, 1953, in Lovell. He grew up in Frannie, attending grade school there, and he graduated from Deaver High School.
He moved to Denver for rehabilitation and to continue his education. It was there he met Beverly Moyer, who became his wife. In the years following, they welcomed two daughters to complete their family.
Gary had a productive life. He advocated and worked for accessibility for the handicapped nationwide. His two degrees led him to be an expert on the computer and this became his vocation.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; his father Jack Van Lake; and great-niece Aliyah Romero.
Gary is survived by his daughters: Wendi (Mark) Vakoc and Brittany (Robert) Sorenson; two lovely granddaughters, Cora and Macy Vakoc, who knew him as “Ho Pa.” He is also survived by his mother Shirley Van Lake; two sisters, Connie (Jim) Gill and Jacque (Terry) Bly; two brothers, William (Lori) Van Lake and Terry (Jenifer) Van Lake. Gary had a host of nieces and nephews who attended his memorial.
His heart never left Wyoming. He was a Wyoming Cowboy, Nebraska Husker and Denver Bronco fan.
Gary will be greatly missed by his extended family.
Interment will be at a later date.