Gary Lindsey, former SVSP warden, dies

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.

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5 Responses

  1. Richard Gile Wednesday, August 5, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    And in my 30 years, I never worked for a more positive, concerned, caring and dedicated individual filled with effort, throughout my travels among nine prisons. Mike and Randy, you will never be alone. Your dad is still with you, but from a different vantage point. All platitudes pale against the qualities of Gary.

  2. Marilyn Calhoun Wednesday, August 5, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    I had the great pleasure of working with CDW Gary as his secretary at WSP. He truly was an awesome man, supervisor and friend. He walked so quietly and would often startle me when he would exit his office. After I screamed out a couple of times, he began to call me on the telephone to let me know he was about to exit his office … we laughed about it often. He brought calm, peace and laughter to an office often on edge. Gary made an impact on my life and was a model for me as a supervisor. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family in this time of personal sorrow.

  3. Karen Cathey Wednesday, August 5, 2015 / 10:07 am

    My sincere condolences to Gary’s family. I had the honor of working with Gary at WSP from 1992 to 1996. We rode the float in the Wasco Rose Parade one year together as part of the Flintstones family. He was Bam Bam and I was Wilma. We looked funny but even funnier was that the live plants on the float attracted bugs and they were eating him alive! He had bites under his costume. We all had a good laugh watching Gary scratch. He was an awesome co-worker and supervisor. He was a good man. And a good friend. Heaven’s gain is our loss.

  4. Pat Price Tuesday, August 4, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    My sincere condolences. He was such a kind man and thought of fondly by many of the WSP staff. God speed, Gary!

  5. janice Tuesday, August 4, 2015 / 9:42 am

    From the Food Service Department and Staff at Calipatria State Prison:
    Our condolences to the family. Many thoughts and prayers as you travel this painful journey. May your father rest well among the angels he has joined.

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