Grant Murray Gaunce Jr., 81 of La Costa, California, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010.
Grant was born to the late Grant Murray Gaunce Sr. and LaRue Dunlap Gaunce on October 16, 1929 in Los Angeles, California. A devoted son, husband, father and grandfather, Grant is survived by his wife of 39 years Susan Chapman Gaunce and by his children Grant “Chip” Gaunce, April Pasko, James Tigre Gaunce, Wisti Nelson, Kevin Livingston, Meghan Ling and James Livingston. He was preceded in death by his son Michael Rocké Gaunce. Grant is also survived by 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will all miss him dearly.
Grant grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1953, where he also played football for the Gauchos. He stayed on at UCSB and obtained his teaching credential and coached football for the Gauchos.
A teacher for over 30 years, he taught, coached athletics and was a Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for the San Dieguito High School Mustangs. “Coach Gaunce” was known for his tough coaching style, ever-present keys and whistle hanging around his neck, pencil behind the ear and clip board in hand as he patrolled the Mustangs’ sidelines. Retired in 1990, Grant loved to watch football, fish, play golf, and most of all spend time with family and friends. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their various sports and activities.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to your local high school athletic programs. You may also send emails and tributes to family members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, tributes, memories, stories, and pictures may be posted for family and friends to view on the memorial website www.encinitaschapel.com – select: Obituaries, then select: Grant Gaunce.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 3, 2010 starting at 3:30pm at the Encinitas Mortuary.
Obituary submitted by family members.