Gary Martin Balch

December 21st, 1955December 11th, 2019

In Loving Memory of Gary Balch, 1955 ~ 2019

Born December 21, 1955 in Chico, California to Patrick and Patricia (Walters) Balch. Gary spent his early life in California before moving to Boulder, Colorado in 1969. There, he graduated from Fairview High School in 1974.

In 1975, Gary joined the Cherryvale Fire Department as a volunteer, and he retired from the department in 2002 with the rank of Assistant Chief. He has also worked at Corden Pharma in Boulder for almost 30 years.

Gary and his beloved Nancy (Tullercash) Balch were married on June 6, 2015.  The pair truly enjoyed going antiquing, or just quiet evenings at home watching their favorite shows together.

Gary loved riding his Harley Davidson, fly fishing, bowling, and shooting at the range. He recently gained a love for smoking and barbecuing meals for his family and friends. But more than anything, he loved being a grandpa and playing with his grandchildren. Nancy and Gary loved taking mini vacations to our majestic mountains and enjoying the beauty of our state. 

Gary is survived by his wife, Nancy Balch; parents, Patrick Balch (Pamela) and Patricia Walters; brothers, Mark Balch (Jenny) and Brian Balch; sister, Karen Connelly; daughter, Ry-Ann Cunningham (Kaz); sons; Tanner Balch and Chasen Balch (Sam); step-daughters, Jess Whynot (Alex) and Nicole Dittmar (Josh); three nephews; two nieces; and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves behind a host of friends and coworkers who will miss his spirit and presence.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gary's memory to Community Food Share of Louisville, 650 South Taylor Ave, Louisville CO 80027 or https://communityfoodshare.org/

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Oh how incredibly sorry we are for this families pain of the absence of Gary Balch. Our heart is just broken. We are holding you close and praying for you as you struggle through this most difficult time. We love you Nancy Balch. We want you to know for sure, we are only a few steps away from your home and are here for whatever it is you need. We are personaly going to miss Gary's smile, his warm heart, seeing him grilling on his days off each week, sending the smell over the fence. We will miss our wonderful conversations over the fence. We will miss seeing him on his computer, relaxing with his beer in the evening. We will miss his smiles when all the kids came over and played in the yard. We will miss talking to you about your motorcycle rides to and from work. We know you loved your motorcycle. We will miss seeing you and Nancy together so lovingly doing whatever you were doing in the yard. We already miss seeing the tv on all the time. We will miss the FB posts that cracked us up every day like the one you posted at 1pm the day you left this world about the dogs being bald. Thank you buddy for everything you brought to so many. You are so so missed. All our love. You are in a great place. RIP Friend. You will never be forgotten. Kellie and Roger Rarick
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of Gary’s passing. He was a great man with a big heart and a much larger sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our prayers are with the family. R. Phelan
God speed Gary. Thanks for being my friend, because of you I am a better person. Don Dean
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, to hear of Gary's passing. I worked with Gary for almost 28 years at Syntex/ Roche/ Corden Pharma, in fact at one time he was my supervisor - one of the better ones. My favorite Gary story is the one when he bought his brand new motorcycle and was so happy to show it off to us at work, only to see oil drip stains on the pavement under his bike. He was so disappointed, he said "Oh man, really. It's a brand new bike!" Unbeknownst to him Bill Scheller had taken some oil and put it on the ground and some on the bottom side of his oil pan! Gary was just so relieved that it wasn't a real oil leak! We all got a good laugh at this one. He got back at Scheller years later at his going-away party. Again I'm sorry for the hole that Gary's passing has left in all of our lives. Ray Damba
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