Remembering a Few Good Men…
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of three influential men in our Cities history,
Santa Clarita’s first City Manager George A. Caravalho, businessman and philanthropist Gary Condie as well as Chuck Sturkey,
Director of Operations, LARC Ranch (Los Angeles Residential Community Serving Developmentally Disabled Adults)
George A. Caravalho
George A. Caravalho, Santa Clarita’s first permanent city manager serving from 1988 to 2002, died Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was 81. Caravalho, who retired from public life in 2008, was living in Santa Cruz at the time of his passing. Caravalho came to the city of Santa Clarita in 1988 as its first permanent city manager, following interim manager Fred Bien, who set up the city’s initial government structure following incorporation on Dec. 15, 1987. The George A. Caravalho Santa Clarita Sports Complex at 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway was dedicated in his honor by the city on December 5, 1998. Prior to Santa Clarita, Caravalho worked at the city of Bakersfield as city manager and executive director of its Redevelopment Agency from 1984-1988. Before that, he was city manager for the city of San Clemente from 1980-1985. He served on the board of directors for organizations such as the International City Manager’s Association, the League of California Cities, the American Red Cross, United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club. He was also the Chairman of the League of California Cities Investing In Our Youth Task Force.
Caravalho was the 1996 recipient of the International City/County Management Association Mark E. Kean Award for Excellence for his outstanding contributions to government. He received more than 40 awards for innovation and excellence.
In addition, he was an adjunct professor of leadership and strategic management at California State University, Northridge.
Gary Earl Condie
Gary Earl Condie passed away peacefully at home on January 1, 2020, his 76th Birthday, surrounded by family.
Gary had the privilege of working with many business partners throughout his career and retired from this life as Chairman of the Board of Condie, Thomas & Harbo, CPAs. Gary received numerous accolades throughout his professional career, including being named one of the Top 30 Accounting Executives in Los Angeles County, as well as one of the Top 25 CPA’s in the Greater San Fernando Valley and multiple appearances in the list of the Top 51 Most Influential Individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Gary loved Santa Clarita Valley and he and Myrna devoted countless hours to making the community a better place to live. Gary served as Founding Chair of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation, a co-founder of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Foundation as well as member of the Club’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Directors, including time spent as President. Gary was also a co-founder of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and spent time as a member of College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors and on the Child and Family Center’s Advisory Board. Gary had a unique ability to get others to join in his philanthropic and community efforts and many non-profit organizations in the valley benefitted from his efforts and generosity.
Charles “Chuck” Sturkey
Born December 28, 1939, Chuck Sturkey celebrated his 80th birthday with his wife of 40 years, Kathy Sturkey vacationing in San Diego when he passed on January 1, 2020 at UC San Diego Hospital. Known by the community at large as an incredibly giving man, Charles Sturkey was also an artist, writer, veteran and devoted man to his family. In the early days of College of the Canyons history, Chuck taught Photography classes and developed an accomplished portfolio of work. Also an accomplished writer, Chuck was well-known for his “Words of Sturkey” on Facebook where he was followed by hundreds of people who enjoyed his words and thoughts. It was a joy for Chuck to connect with people this way. Some of you may not know that Chuck also spent 10 years in the Navy where he served his country and was educated as an Electrician. That led Chuck to some wonderful opportunities with ITT as an Electrical Tech as well Lockheed as an Electrician and Rockwell as a Facility Engineer. For his last 15 years, Chuck spent his days working with the love of his life as the Director of Operations of LARC Ranch. Continuing Chuck’s memory, he leaves his wife Kathy as well as children Charles Sturkey Jr., Michael Calderon Jr., Donald Sturkey, Katherine Calhoun, and William Sturkey along with their 15 grandchildren and four great-grand-children.
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