Gregory Joe Day
July 13, 1949 – May 19, 2021
San Diego
Gregory Joe Day was born on 7/13/49, to Lorraine R. Day and Clyde J. Day in Lincoln, NB. In ’58 the family moved to IB. In High School he discovered surfing!! Greg and his buddies were constantly in the ocean surfing. In ’68 he married Debbie Callahan. Soon they had a beautiful baby girl, Yvette Lynn Day. In a few years they were amicably divorced. During that time he received his bachelor’s degree in art. In college he was into abstract sculptures and paintings. He was extremely imaginative using lots of odds and ends. During the Bicentennial he made a balloon sculpture that looked like the American Flag. When he let it go up in the sky, it was reported to be a UFO by a Navy jet!! He was so thrilled! Then he met the love of his life in ’84 Dolores (Dee) Valle! They connected immediately while dancing together the first night they met, and their dancing continued for 37 years until Greg’s passing. They were married in Las Vegas with friends and family there to celebrate the wonderful occasion! After he got his other degrees from SDSU, he went to work for the County of San Diego Superior Court for several years. He finally retired, and he and Dee traveled to Alaska and other places. For the past two years, Greg suffered from cancer issues and knee arthritis inhibiting his walking. We were not aware that he also had cancer all through his lungs until the final two weeks. Dee never left his side during his final days. The family wishes to sincerely thank Elizabeth Hospice for their outstanding comfort care of Greg. On 5/19/21, he quietly passed away with Dee at his side. He is survived by his loving wife, Dee Valle, his sister, Jody Day Scheurenbrand, and his daughter Yvette Maybee and husband Sean. We will miss you our beloved Greg. You will always be lovingly deep in our hearts!! There will be a Celebration of Life on 7/11/21 at 1:00pm in “The Little Chapel of the Roses” at Glen Abbey in Bonita, California. A reception will be held after the services out on the patio and we invite family and friends to join us. Greg wanted a happy celebration, so he would have loved tropical attire. Face masks optional if vaccinated. Greg’s ashes will be scattered in his beloved Pacific Ocean on his birthday 7/13. Greg loved flowers, so they are quite welcome, as well as donations to Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego or the Cancer Society.

Published by San Diego Union-Tribune from Jul. 8 to Jul. 9, 2021.

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