Obituary of Ryan Dean Gleason
September 1, 1973 – April 9, 2023
Resident of Boulder Creek
We are mourning the untimely death of a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend, Ryan Dean Gleason. He was 49.
Ryan was born in San Jose and graduated from Armijo High in Fairfield. After receiving his Associates Degree, he embarked on a career in the non-profit industry, first with Salvation Army, and for the last 19 years with Goodwill Industries. As Operation Manager of Goodwill Silicon Valley, he received many accolades for modernizing and streamlining their vast donated goods processing, recycling, and transportation activities.
Ryan then brought his intense curiosity, insatiable thirst for data and his refreshing creativity to Goodwill Central Coast in Salinas. He served as their Director of Operations in the Retail Division with distinction and, frankly, with happiness.
Fond memories will continue to be cherished of Ryan’s love of Boulder Creek, living among the redwoods and teaching himself to play the guitar. He was a skilled remodeler, good with tools and generous with his time helping others. Ryan was an aficionado of fine watches and enjoyed collecting and learning about their creation.
Ryan spent every waking moment focused on his family. He always looked forward to spending time with and enjoying the children.
Ryan was preceded in death by his father, Richard Dean Gleason. He is survived by his beloved wife Stacy, his sons Ivan and Remy, his daughter Rose, his mother Evelyn, his sisters Tracy, Sara, Kimberly and Jennifer, his brother Scott, his nieces Lily and Mila, and many loving members of the Gleason, Conn, and Pearson families.
Family and friends will begin gathering at 1 p.m. on Thursday May 4 at Highlands Park 8500 Hwy 9, in Ben Lomond. Upon arrival, all are encouraged to have personal reflection of Ryan to share, either written or verbal. Beginning at 2 p.m., we will bring our sadness and our joys together and wish him Godspeed on a journey that will certainly lead him to more happiness by helping others.
A bank account has been opened to assist with his children's educations. A check made payabel to Ivan Gleason can be sent to Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel and it will delivered to Wells Fargo Bank.