Gary Dean Cowan

Aug 8, 1949 - Mar 14, 2014


Gary Dean Cowan, 64, of Elverta, CA passed away on March 14, 2014 of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. 

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm March 20, 2014 at Sierra Hills Memorial Park, East Lawn Mortuary at 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA.  Pat Redmond will be officiating the celebration of life at the mortuary followed by a reception.

Gary was born in Coalinga, CA on August 8, 1949.  He graduated from Coalinga High School and continued on to West Hills College in Coalinga.

Gary was married to Anne on October 31, 1981;  they were married 33 wonderful years. 

Gary was self-employed at Porter Muffler Service for 25 years and assisted local residents throughout this time.  As a solemn man, he was a wonderful father and friend.  His dry wit was enjoyable and will be missed immensely.  He was an avid car enthusiast and channeled this passion into creating a 1934 Roadster.  Gary participated several years in racing competitions and won his first title as Super Gas Champion 2013 NHRA National Open–Sacramento Raceway Park.  His passion also included many motocycle adventures with friends. 

Gary is survived by his wife Anne, son Michael (Samantha) of San Diego, daughter Sarah, grandchildren Isaiah, Ava and many friends. 

Gary is preceded in death by his parents Murl and Helen and brother James.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations my be given to American Cancer Society via their website at on his behalf.  The family of Gary D. Cowan wishes to thank Kaiser Roseville Oncology, ICU units and Vitas Hospice for their wonderful care.  We are eternally grateful.


  • Clearvue Eyecare says:

    Our hearts go out to you Ann, and to your family. Gary was a great man and we enjoyed having him in our office. We will keep your family in our hearts as you get through these tough times.

  • Charles Smith says:

    My thoughts go out to the family.He will be missed.

  • keith cummings says:

    I have been been friends with Gary (and Jim) for many years. It was always fun to stop by the shop and swap race stories and talk about cars and projects. He had a big heart and would always offer his help. I will miss him.

  • Bob Hefley says:

    My condolences to Anne and the rest of Gary’s family and friends. I so looked forward to racing at Sonoma because it always seemed we parked next to each other and were able to visit, share stories and maybe a beer. Gary’s racing schedule was somewhat limited due to his commitment to the muffler shop and I think that is what made me so happy for him last year when he WON the National Open at Sacramento. You will be missed Gary.

  • Lon Wilburn says:

    I came to know Gary through his participation in the West Coast Super Gas Association. Although it is a racing “club”, over time, the members become much like a family sharing common interests and goals. Gary’s easy going common sense nature quickly endeared him to the membership. He was more than just a fellow racer, he was also a friend we have all lost. My condolences to his family.

  • Dan Twente says:

    I knew Gary for about 15 years and he was a really good guy. Hes gonna be missed by all his family and friends, RIP.

  • Amy Burnside says:

    I would like to extend my sympathy to all of those who were blessed to have Gary in their lives. Unfortunately, I came to know Gary as one of his nurses…I wish I could have known Gary and his family under different circumstances. He was clearly a special person. In such a short time, he touched my soul…I can only imagine how special he was to all of you that knew him.

  • Terry Fong says:

    I have know Gary for about 15 years. His muffler shop is right next door to our shop. He always had a smile for everyone. He had a big heart for those who were close to him. I will miss him. He was a very special man who enjoyed his family and his life. Rest in peace my friend.

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