On 8/10/13, his big, loving heart gave out and he passed on to be taken care of by his grandmothers Mary Einarsson and Annemarie Patzelt and his uncle Mark Einarsson. He leaves behind his mother, Ellen Einarsson, father, Wolfgang Patzelt, brother, Kevin Patzelt, his future sister-in-law, Jacquie, and his grandparents, Donald and Mary Einarsson. He will be greatly missed by his Auntie Jill Combs, Aunt and Uncle Hannalore and Andy, Uncles Chris and Bob, cousins Jennifer, Mary, Jeffrey, Jackie and Michael, as well as all of their combined adorable children.
Gary was born and raised in South San Francisco. He attended Hillside Elementary School and Parkway Heights Middle School. After a brief time at Serra High School in San Mateo, Gary joined the football brotherhood at South San Francisco High School as an offensive lineman and earned recognition as All County Lineman for the year 2000. After high school, his unrelenting focus turned towards becoming a firefighter. Having trained with the teams at Woodside Fire and becoming a firefighter with South San Francisco, Gary achieved his goal in 2005. He dedicated his life and his energy to the department and to the surrounding community. One of his greatest passions was supporting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation through Champ Camp. Hollywood joined AARBF and Champ Camp in 2002 and was immediately a part of our family. His big smile and kindness was felt by children and counselors alike. You always knew where Hollywood was during camp because there was always a group of kids hanging on to him. Whether in a tutu, fishing by the lake, or covered in mud from the Gaga pit, Hollywood was always working to make the kids laugh and have an unforgettable Champ Camp experience.
Returning to Champ Camp in 2011 through 2013, Hollywood continued to be a standout counselor. Hollywood’s drive to help others continued beyond Champ Camp; helping to organize a fundraiser with South San Francisco and in chaperoning survivors at the AARBF Outdoor Trip in July 2013. We will always remember his big open heart who would give away anything, including his sleeping-bag, to make the kids happy. We are forever grateful to you Hollywood, you will always be in our hearts!