GALE OWEN MYERS JR.
November 21, 1944 – February 19, 2021
Gale Owen Myers Jr. (Scoop) of Bakersfield, CA. handed away February 19th, in Bangkok, Thailand on the age of 76.
Gale is predeceased by his dad and mom Gale and Lorena Myers. He’s survived by his son Mike (Amber) Girelli; his sister Susan (Brad) Rappleye; three nieces and 9 nice nieces and nephews.
Gale got here into this world November 21st, 1944 and was gifted a character that drew folks to him the remainder of his life. From an early age, it was clear that he was unbiased, imaginative, humorous, and at all times in search of new issues to attempt to extra locations to go. His mates keep in mind him as essentially the most easy-going, open and genuinely curious particular person they’ve ever know. He was a fiercely loyal and thoughtful good friend and was recognized to exit of his option to be inclusive. Gale was the instigator of journey and it began as a youth exploring the river beds of the Kern River.
On the age of 24, Gale made a solo hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney adopted by a street journey to Alaska. On the North Slope he labored with survey crews laying out geophysical exploration grids. Texas Instrument despatched him to Dallas for coaching within the unique Circumpolar Satellite tv for pc Navigation Methods. Additional coaching in each radio-navigation and GPS result in his three season appointment as navigator on an exploration vessel within the Beaufort Sea.
In Cowes on the Isle of White, England, he discovered “Cygnet”, a 26 ft. teak sloop. Within the English Channel, with delivery lanes and boat site visitors, he taught himself to sail. After rebuilding “Cygnet” he used the boat to discover the Mediterranean Sea, Madeira, and Canary Islands. In November of 1979, he set sail from Grand Canary on a solo 33 day crossing of the Atlantic. “Cygnet” had no electrical or digital devises, no radio and no gasoline burning motor. Utilizing a plastic sextant a TI digital watch and his intensive data in navigation; He arrived in Barbados spot on the right track. After 25 years and 50,000 miles at sea, Gale took his nautical ardour and experience and based the SeaStar Basis in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and shortly teamed up with numerous marine environmental research teams. SeaStar offered vital boats and logistical help for joint initiatives together with research of coral progress alongside the Florida barrier reefs and the predation patterns of the Nice White shark in False Bay, South Africa. These initiatives have been only a few of many who offered alternative to work intently with establishments resembling, the Pew Institute for Ocean Science on the College of Miami, Reefquest Heart for Shark Analysis, The College of Miami Rosenstiel faculty of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Nova Southestern Marine Program, simply to call a couple of. As we speak SeaStar stays lively.
He lived a life from the snow coated tundra of Alaska to St. Lucia, working charters all through the Caribbean. He got here head to head with a Kodiak bear and was the lone caretaker for months on a small island devoted to the analysis of bull sharks. He labored ski patrol in St. Moritz, earned a gemology certificates and even landed a small talking half within the film “Good Morning Vietnam.” Gale’s life learn like a bestselling journey novel! It was full of pleasure, lived to the fullest and at all times on his personal phrases. But, with the identical quantity of affection and enthusiasm he poured into life, he poured into his household and mates and at all times discovered his approach again house. When Gale graduated from highschool, his father wrote him a poetic letter. A lifetime later the excerpt beneath lends itself as becoming closure to a completely lived life, by a person who was beloved very a lot.
“As effectively divide the gap to the star, or depend the ripples on the ocean. What issues when the measuring is thru shouldn’t be how lengthy, how far, however the place and what we’re.”
Revealed in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 28, 2021.