Gary Lindsey, former warden of Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) and a longtime CDCR official, passed away on July 24, his family said.

Gary Lindsey was warden of Salinas Valley State Prison during the prison's activation. He served as warden from 1996 to 1998.

Gary Lindsey was warden of Salinas Valley State Prison during the prison’s activation. He served as warden from 1996 to 1998.

Mr. Lindsey worked for the department for 33 years, retiring as a warden in 1997. He returned as a retired annuitant with the title of Chief Deputy Administrator from 1998 to 1999.

He began his career working nights as a Correctional Officer at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) in 1965 while attending California Polytechnic State University during the day.

He promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 1971.

He later promoted to Correctional Counselor I, Correctional Counselor II, Correctional Counselor III, Lieutenant, Captain, Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden and Warden.

In addition to SVSP and CMC, he worked at California State Prison, Corcoran; Correctional Training Facility, Soledad; Wasco State Prison-Reception Center; California Correctional Center; California Rehabilitation Center; and  Northern Conservation Camps.

One of his sons, Mike, is a Correctional Officer at High Desert State Prison. Another son, Randy, is a food manager at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Bayside Grange, 1340 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA. The Salinas Valley State Prison and Correctional Training Facility Honor Guard will present two flags to the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Lindsey’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.