Gary Bland

Profile Updated: November 10, 2018
Residing In Denver, CO USA
Spouse/Partner Cathy
Occupation Retired
Children Kristi

After Valley I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango on a BB scholarship. Good times, but then I got laid up for four months where I couldn't walk (very depressing for an 18 year old). Doctors had differing diagnoses but eventually told me to get out of bed and walk again and I did. It took a while to build my legs back up but at least I was alive again. Tried to go back to school, but never finished. Met my wife while we were both working in a hospital in Durango. Got married and our daughter was born there, delivered by the same doctor that delivered my wife.

In '69 we moved to the Denver area which is now home. I got on with
Honeywell for several years and then Lockheed Martin, both great companies to work for. I last worked for LM as a subcontracts manager and retired when I was 58. Never looked back.

Very comfortably and happily retired. Have traveled extensively in my life and plan to do more. Right now I am enjoying a lot of golf at many fabulous Colorado courses. Enjoy the arts (concerts, plays, museums). Am into the outdoors and the Colorado mountains and all the serenity they have to offer (that Rocky Mountain High!).

I really enjoyed the reunion!! Great event, great class! I probably met only
a fraction of the people there but there were a lot of people and so little time (plus, I'm still kinda shy). Anyway, I met old friends and made new ones. Wish I could have made the Sunday brunch but also wanted (needed) to spend time with family!

Thanks to all who sent me B'day wishes. On that day I realized I was 68 - Oh No - two more til the big 70. Oh well, I feel as though I'm still back in HS (OK, maybe a few years older than that) but I feel blessed with the life, friends, opportunities, and health I've had. Hope to see you all again in 5 years!


School Story

Don't have any stories - I went to school and then home. Except for basketball practice and games that was about it. Did make a few football and baseball games. Always wished I had done the baseball thing - my favorite sport and I thought I was pretty good. Could hit, but wasn't too sure about the fielding - maybe first base - but, unfortunately I never did.
Never even heard about the Pony Express until years later. And only recently, in looking at the yearbook, discovered that there were so many clubs and opportunities for travel available to me (all of us actually). Oh well, guess I'm just a late bloomer, but I've made up some ground since then.

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Gary Bland has left an In Memory comment for Uvaldo Sanchez.
Nov 15, 2018 at 2:33 AM

Uvaldo and I played summer basketball together at Wells Park . . . he was a friend!

So sorry to hear of his passing so long ago

Rest in Peace Uvaldo!


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The following is youtube video slide show of our (Cathy & myself) trip to Egypt a couple of years ago. We really like the way it turned out, the pictures and, especially the sound track, but every time I do something like this, it's a big learning curve again. Think it took me about two weeks to get the sound track to f i n a l l y play, but that really made the show (I think). Anyway, hope you enjoy . . . let us know what you think. Gary & Cathy

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Cath and I at Abu Simbel March 2016
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Hi Sue, Hope you have a wonderful BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!
All the Best . . . Gary

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Posted on: Aug 05, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Happy Birthday Peggy!!!!!!
Here's a couple of pics that might look kind of familiar.

Flying over Okavango Delta in Botswana, June of 2018
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Haven't been on this site much or made any comments lately, political or otherwise, but definitely have them. Read through things and enjoy the commentary (sometimes) . . . lots of memories of the people I knew back then, and the crushes I had!.
I've had a good life, divorced from my first wife, something I didn't want, but life goes on. Dated some and eventually found my perfect companion!. Not married but recently bought a wonderful house together. We both fell in love with it when we saw it and every day tell each other how much we love it . . . and, each other. We both love to travel, although Cath is still working. We are excited because we just signed up for another trip to safari Africa, Okavango Delta, the Kalahari and Chobe National Park in Botswana and then to Luangwa National Park in Zambia. African wildlife (Tanzania), was Cath's favorite trip ever and this year I'm returning to the site of my first trip, the Okavango Delta plus a few new destinations.
Life is good, We are both healthy and get out a lot to do a lot of diverse things. Cath is still working and i am going to get out on the golf course more this year . . . not a great golfer, but improving.
Hi to all who knew me and to those that didn't as well!
ED . . . I am still looking for your pictures!

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The original sound on our Tanzania video is back!!!!!. YouTube had muted it for copyright reasons, but it wasn't copyrighted and YouTube had offered it as free music. Glad it's back - it's actually the highlight of the whole slideshow! Check it out! G

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Posted on: Apr 12, 2017 at 7:04 PM

You're 71?????????????????
No wonder you beat me at golf . . . you had an extra year to practice!
Happy Birthday!

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Posted on: Feb 23, 2017 at 1:47 AM

Happy Birthday Diane. I didn't know you well at Valley, but I did know Chester and enjoyed him and his special brand of humor a whole lot! In the two reunions I've been to you make me feel very welcomed. You are a special person! All the best to you and Dave! Again, I hope you have a Happy, Happy Birthday! Do something special . . . like a tour of Italy or something like that :) Gary

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Posted on: Feb 08, 2017 at 2:39 AM

Sooooooo, are you heading off to Tanzania this year???? G

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Feb 07, 2017 at 2:33 PM

I, too, was shocked on hearing of Randy's passing. I didn't really know him in HS but after the 50th reunion (which he didn't make because a on tour across the country), we somehow connected. He lived in Westcliff, a couple of hours south of me here in the Denver area. We shared a few e-mails and I gave him a call one day. He was heading home in his truck and said when he saw it was me he pulled over to talk. I'd bet we talked for a couple of hours, about our lives, Valley, the scuttlebutt on those he kept up with and past acquaintances (like our our old buddy, John Moser . . . may he rest in peace!). It was great fun. We planned on getting together but I never made it down there and then he called one day - they were coming up for a Bronco game and wanted to get together for lunch. Would have been fun but unfortunately I had other plans that day. Next thing I knew he was off to Austin for a few weeks so, sorry to say, we never really connected.
I loved the pictures he posted . . . looked like an Idyllic life up there in the Colorado mountains. Condolences to Randy's many family and friends.
Adios Amigo, Rest in Peace . . . Gary

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Cath and I at Abu Simbel March 2016
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Italy Day 2 . . . Amalfi Coast sunrise
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From our hotel, Amalfi Coast Italy . . . Wow!
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Gar & Cat's Selfie
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What can be more Egypt than this? The great pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, the first day we were there . . . Wow!
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The great Temple of Ramses II at ABU SIMBEL . . . last day of our trip . . . very impressive!!!
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Kenny the Monkey Boy

Dad's Birthday Party - final night at lodge in Masai Mara National Preserve, Kenya.
Thanks Bob, Nancy, Carol, Susan and everyone else on this trip for making it a very special memory for him. Every time I saw him after that (right up to the end) he would remind me of how great a time it was for him. Asante Sana, marafiki!
"hakuna matata" Dad!
Posted: Jan 13, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Costa Rica 2010

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Flat Tops

A trip to the Flat Tops Wilderness in Northwest Colorado, 8/18/11. Pictures begin as I caught my limit at Stillwater Reservoir, more pictures in the woods behind my campsite and then down to Bear Lake and a 5 hour hike on the Mandall Lakes trail only to be stopped by a raging stream (lots of runoff late in the year). Loved the wildflowers - probably a week or three past their prime. Loved revisiting the experience again by putting together this video
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 at 7:43 PM

Botswana 96 Video

Highlights from my limited videos of my first trip to Africa - the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 at 7:42 PM

South America 2007yt

PPT slideshow of 2007 trip to South America: Lima, Amazon basin, Nazca Lines, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos.
There is over 6 minutes of music You Tube had me take out and I haven't found a replacement yet. For now I think it is very watchable and I love the music they let me keep. Enjoy!
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Butterflies, Birds, Beasts and fish
Posted: Nov 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Alaska Highway Revised

As the title says, a trip up and back on the Alaska Highway. The year was 1992, the trip was from Denver to Fairbanks and back again with a couple side trips to Skagway and Hyder, AK.
This show had been revised to improve the timings on the slides so it will be easier to view. Also corrected a few miscues.
Posted: Nov 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Chihuly Revisited

This is a revised edition of the original. Photos have been added from a daytime visit to the exhibition. I've corrected some of the timings and converted it to widescreen as well. Enjoy
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Trip to Hilton Head in February, 2013 - too cold to golf so we did a day trip to Beaufort. Too cold for a carriage tour so we did the van thing . . . went back after the tour and I was able to get out and capture these magnificent pictures. Hope you enjoy!