Gilbert James Graves passed away at his home in Redding, California on April 5, 2013. He was 85 years old.

Gil was born on August 21, 1927 in the American Hospital in Paris, France to Walker Coleman Graves and Emily Du Bois Graves. He was the son of a California rancher, and the great grandson of a California pioneer.

He attended Bellarmine Prep School in San Jose, and lived in California and Europe.

Gil was a sales rep for Baker and Hamilton in San Francisco where he met Mary Lou Young. They married on October 12, 1950 and had two daughters, Jane and Laura.

After leaving Baker and Hamilton, they moved to Mount Shasta buying the WA Barr ranch and renaming it Tranquility Dairy. In addition to the dairy they also had a hog farm for many years.

Gil later bought the Union Oil station and started the first self-serve gas stations and mini marts in Siskiyou County. He later became the Union Oil distributor in the area until retiring.

Gil and Mary Lou moved to Redding in the early ’80s and they enjoyed traveling to places like Mexico, Arizona and southern California.

Gil loved animals, the outdoors flying his plane, fishing and golfing. He especially loved to spend time with his grandsons and friends. He loved to tell jokes and share stories and would say “laughter makes you live longer.”

Gil is survived by his daughter, Jane (and Milt) Wingert of Vacaville; grandsons, Mike (and Romina) Wingert of Burbank, Greg (and Rochelle) Wingert of Studio City, Scott and great-granddaughter Kylie Wingert of Vacaville; and a sister, Lenore Clifton of Reno, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; and daughter, Laura.

Donations may be made in Gil’s name to Mercy Hospice of Redding.

A memorial service will held in Mount Shasta at a later date.