Gary Iacini walked this earth with zealous warmth and mastery, his hands healing
sports stars, family and neighbors—he was an artist, repairing bodies and minds
until his no longer could heal itself.
Gary’s skill transcended rehabilitating others and led him to play professional
soccer for the Oakland Clippers and San Jose Earthquakes in the late 60’s to early
70’s. His gifts as an Athletic Trainer were realized in preparing several professional
and amateur teams including the San Francisco Giants and Japanese Yokohama
Taiyo baseball team in the 80’s. He later went on to lend his curative nature
to those who needed it most, at risk youth and rescue animals.
In 2001 Gary married Joan Levy. They shared a passion for food and travel.
Together they took in the world; exploring Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Nicaragua,
Spain and more.
Gary and Joan settled their roots in Windsor where Gary turned his healing spark
into a career that spread throughout his immediate community and beyond. From
aspiring athletes, to retirees dealing with recurring injuries, Gary could be found
on any given day mending and elevating bodies to their full potential.
Gary had four children, two biological daughters, Bria and Amber, along with his
wife’s children, Yali and Nadessa. While battling cancer it was revealed that his
youngest daughter Amber was expecting a child. He was elated. Moments before
his final breath, Amber took Gary’s hand in hers and placed it on her
stomach—permitting a final goodbye from the previous generation to the next.
Gary passed at home on the first of November 2018, surrounded by the love of
A gathering for immediate family will be held this Sunday. A larger celebration of
life will likely be held in Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you share
any memories of Gary on his tribute wall located at the following website:
https://www.whcmortuary.com/ or you can make a donation in his honor to Bay
Area Sports Hall of Fame.