Gentry M. Pace
February 6, 1925 - May 9, 2019
Smith Valley, Nevada resident Gentry Mayberry Pace passed away on May 9, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada. Gentry was born in Pasadena, California on February 6, 1925 to parents James Hyde and Thelma Mayberry Pace.
Gentry had a strong passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Gentry grew up in Pasadena and joined the United States Marine Corps in January 1943. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and made the landing on Tarawa in November 1943 where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He landed on Saipan in June 1944 and Tinian in July 1944.Gentry was very proud of his military service, and was not one to dwell on his wartime experiences.
Returning home to his family in the Pasadena area, Gentry became a Motorcycle officer with Pasadena PD. Gentry then attended the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento, California and spent the next 27 years with the CHP in Mono County. He always felt he had the best job a man could ask for. He was a private pilot and loved to fly. He was an expert marksman, a photographer, a prospector and the father of three children with first wife Shirley.
Gentry was a member of Masonic Lodge #287 as well as the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
Gentry and second wife Helen enjoyed all their friends in Bridgeport, California and especially enjoyed traveling when possible. After his retirement from the CHP in 1975, Gentry worked for the US Forest Service as a seasonal employee, a job he enjoyed as he spent most of his time in the outdoors mapping roads and trails.
Retiring again, Gentry and Helen moved to Smith Valley, Nevada where they built their home. Gentry enjoyed his retirement years hunting and exploring Nevada. Gentry had a lifelong interest in Agriculture and Astronomy.
Gentry was preceded in death by his son John, brothers James, Harry and sister Thelma and his second wife Helen. Gentry is survived by son William Pace of Fallon, daughter Nancy Massin and husband Michael of Smith Valley, granddaughters Chelsea, Erin, Erica and Emily, as well as 12 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.
At the time of this obituary, memorial arrangements are pending.