R. Gordon Gastil
June 25, 1928 - September 29, 2012
San Diego, California
Gordon Gastil was born in 1928 and grew up in Encanto, Calif., when it was still semi-rural. His family moved to Alpine, Calif., and he and his brother Raymond both attended Grossmont High School, where they participated in debate. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from U.C.-Berkeley in 1953 and worked on iron exploration and was drafted into the U.S. Army, making maps in Alaska. He married Janet Manly in 1958, and they had four children (Garth, Mary, George, and John). In the mid-1960s he designed and built the family home in La Mesa. He often took family members on trips to Mexico, principally to Baja California but also to Sonora and other states. In 1972-73, the family lived . . .