In Loving Memory

Gary Lachappelle

April 2, 1957 - June 2, 2020


Gary Lachappelle, loving father, loyal friend, and life of the party, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. He was 63 years old.

Gary was born on April 2, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up there, graduating from Winston Churchill High School in 1975, where he had a successful track career, setting records in multiple events as well as maintaining a good academic record. He then went on to complete three years of college at the University of Texas at Austin, before returning home to San Antonio to take over the family business, Lachappelle Electric Company. Gary’s greatest accomplishment, though, was becoming a father to Ashley, Christy, and Sharis. He loved his girls more than anything and didn’t miss an opportunity to brag on them any chance he got, whether that be through attending each and every one of their soccer games, celebrating their life accomplishments, or sharing pictures of them, as well as his three grandchildren.

Gary was also an incredible friend, and not only to those closest to him, he was a conversationalist who could brighten anybody’s day. He had a friendly, magnetic spirit that drew people to him, and he was always eager to help anyone in need. He had a huge heart, so much so that he would cry at anything that was the slightest bit emotional. He was genuine, loving, and most of all fun. Gary loved his family, his friends, classic rock, Nascar, seafood, Cowboys football, and thunderstorms. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and an enthusiastic sports fan, especially if a bet was involved, which it always was. Gary not only was compassionate but also the funniest guy in the room. He had a joke for everything and had a way of bringing humor to all situations. Without a doubt, he will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ray Lachappelle; his mother, Sharis Frey Lachappelle; and his sister, Linda Gail Lachappelle.

Gary is survived by his three children, Ashley Johnson (Greg), Christy Alford (Chase), and Sharis Lachappelle; sister, Judy Lynn Lachappelle; former wife, Melody Harrell Lachappelle; and three grandchildren, Bradley, Molley, and Blake.

The family will hold a private memorial on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in San Antonio. If you would like to attend the memorial, please contact Ashley Johnson for information at [email protected]. Flowers and cards may be sent to 1750 Spanish Trace Drive, Saraland, AL 36571.

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Robert & Joni Stefanic

    Our deepest condolences to the Lachappelle family. Our prayers are with you all.

  2. Jerry Flores

    Rest in peace

  3. Betty McBroom. (Robert)

    My condolences to Judy and family. I have great memories of this family and know Gary will be missed by all that knew him. My love to the family

  4. Gregg Gandy

    So sorry for your loss. I haven’t spoken with Gary in many yrs. He was a grade ahead of me and the only reason I was on the track team was the football coaches made me, but I remember stopping whatever I was doing at a practice or At a meet just to watch him run. His stride was a thing of beauty. He ran effortlessly like a deer. The whole team took pride in Gary. Even with his success he was quick to smile, and got along with everyone. He is a Charger that will be missed!

  5. Carolyn Tarro Coles

    So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a dear friend and he will be greatly missed. My love is with Judy, his children, grandchildren, and all the family during this time.

  6. Donna mackin

    The Mackin Family is so very sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

  7. Cindy Constanzo

    Ted and I went to high school with Gary. He taught me how to water ski. He was could barefoot ski too. He sold me my first ski for a fraction of what it was worth, always generous and sweet. We lived near y’all when y’all lived off Jones malts burger too. So many fun memories! Grateful for his friendship. So sorry for your loss. He loved his 3 girls and always spoke highly of each of you to us. The world was a better place because of him.

  8. JeffWeisbaker

    Sorry to hear of his passing another one gone to soon.

  9. Jack Peterson, coach

    So Sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. I was the track coach at Churchill High School his senior year and he was truly a class runner and a team player. He had a gift to run that was truly God given. In all my 27 years at Churchill, we never had a runner with his ability and fire to be the best he could be. I also hunted with Gary at Foulerton, Tex and he and his family were most welcoming of the coaching staff. This old Charger will surely miss him.

  10. Mark Bryant

    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

  11. Jamie Tarro ZumMallen

    Gary was such an important part of my childhood as he and Johnny would have crazy fun together! The whole Lachappelle family was known for loving to have fun and for being warm and inclusive of others. I so enjoyed our visit at the lake and the good times at company picnics! I appreciated Gary’s warmth and loving support of our family when we lost Johnny. I’m thankful for his kind spirit and for the confidence that it will live on in his children and grandchildren. May the family find comfort and peace during this time.

  12. Pat Slagle

    I am very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing and send heartfelt condolences to his family. Gary was a good friend through high school and early college. I have very fond memories of boating, skiing and raising cane at Lake LBJ (aka Granite Shoals). I spent a lot of time at his house playing pool too. Many, many good memories of Gary. May he Rest In Peace.


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