In Memory of Gabe Velasquez

November 19 1938

April 27 2021

 A great friend to many in Big Bear Valley and Apple Valley, California, Gabe Velasquez passed away with family members by his bedside, April 27, 2021. Gabe (Gabriel) Velasquez was born November 19, 1938.  

Gabe Velasquez enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the military police, as well as, he was deployed to Germany and discharged in 1965.

As a proud Veteran, Gabe continued his service to the community through various organizations. Gabe was employed by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, when he and Vicki met. The couple’s marriage was a joining of their children and grandchildren.



When the family relocated from Diamond Bar, CA to Big Bear Lake they soon joined other new friends at the American Legion #584, Big Bear Lake ELKS, and other service groups. Gabe Velasquez loved representing Veterans and many times presenting the American Flag in the Color Guard.

The Velasquez’ were dedicated participants in the Big Bear Fire CERT (Community Emergency Rescue Team).  Also, Gabe served as CERT sub-commander and with the Mountain Mutual Aid, Amateur Radio and various related rescue groups.   

For health reasons Gabe and wife of 33 years, Vicki moved to Apple Valley from Big Bear Lake, previous to her death in 2015. Gabe enjoyed golf and socializing with friends.

Gabe Velasquez will be missed dearly by many, many family members and friends.  

Friends are welcome to join the family for a memorial service at the Riverside National Cemetery, 

Friday June 11, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., located at: 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside.

For more about Vicki and Gabe