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Ryan Freeman Gard died on May 13, 2021. He lived a full life in his too brief 15 years. He was at home in the water from an early age, and he swam competitively, snorkeled in coastal California and Hawaii, and was a seven-year participant in Sac State Aquatic Camp. Ryan had diverse tastes in music, ranging from the jazz of the big band era to Green Day. He played euphonium in the high school band, and he was a regular participant in Tuba Christmas at McClatchy High in Sacramento. He loved the outdoors and often hiked with his family in forests and fields near and far. Ryan could be mischievous, and he readily shared his wicked sense of humor with others. Ryan loved being with people, and he cherished his friendships above all else. When the pandemic prevented him from seeing his friends in person, he enjoyed many hours with them online, gaming and hanging out.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Gail Harder and Mark Gard. A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ryan’s memory may be made to the Sacramento Tuba Christmas program (vtonus@gmail.com) or the Davis Art Center (https://davisartscenter.org/).
Posted by Tracy McReynolds on June 10, 2021
Mark and Gail- I'm heartbroken to learn of your son Ryan's passing. Please know you have a very large community of support and love. We hope you are able to navigate these difficult times with the fond memories of your son. Those memories will last a life time. As a friend and a colleague, I send you my very best. Hugs to you and yours. Warmly, Tracy and Scott McReynolds
Posted by Lauren Yamane on June 2, 2021
Mark, I'm so sorry to hear of this heartbreaking news. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
Posted by Jim and Laurie Earley on June 1, 2021
Mark and Gail, our hearts and thoughts are with you both. Chico may seem far away, but we are here if you need anything. Know that you have lots of love and support in the North State.
Posted by Markin Whitman on May 30, 2021
Mark and Gail,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and available if you wish to talk.
Posted by Caroline Prose on May 29, 2021
Dear Mark and Gail,
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved son Ryan. No words can adequately express our feelings, but please know that we send our heartfelt condolences and hope that the love of family and friends as well as many fond memories will help you through this difficult time. Wishing you much strength and peace.
Caroline and Bart Prose
Posted by Valary Bloom on May 27, 2021
Dear Mark and Gail, I'm so heartbroken to hear of your loss. My family was honored to have known Ryan from Cottage Kids days and we fondly remember his beaming smile and bright light. Keeping you close at heart and sending you love.
Posted by doug killam on May 26, 2021
Mark and Gail, words can't express the heartbreak of your loss, just know our thoughts and best wishes of the entire CDFW family are with you in this time of mourning. 
Doug
Posted by Kim Turner on May 25, 2021
Dear Mark and Gail, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Ryan. I will always remember his sweet demeanor and infectious smile from our days at cottage kids. You've both been in my thoughts and I'm sending you all our love and support.
Posted by Tricia Bratcher on May 25, 2021
Dear Mark and Gail, I'm so very sorry and sad to hear about your beloved son, Ryan. I'm reading the other posts and also feel that words are inadequate when it comes to expressing the feelings of our hearts when we lose someone so cherished. It just hurts.
My family and I are praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Your friend, tricia
Posted by Larry Rabin on May 25, 2021
Dear Mark and Gail,
No words can express how terribly sad I feel for you on your loss of Ryan. 
Although I never met Ryan, I’ve read updates about Ryan and seen pictures of him at swim meets on Facebook through the years. He was wonderful.
Do know that you are in Sarah and my thoughts.

~Larry Rabin

Posted by Jennifer Hobbs on May 25, 2021
Mark and Gail, I am so sorry to hear about Ryan. I am thinking of you both and am sending love and hugs to you. Jenn Hobbs 
Posted by Steve Thomas on May 25, 2021
Mark, my deepest condolences to you and your family in this difficult time.
Posted by Maria Rea on May 24, 2021
Gail and Mark, My deep condolences for your loss. Ryan was a beautiful child of Village Homes who will be in my memory and heart forever. Your neighbor, colleague and friend - with love, Maria
Posted by Jeffrey McLain on May 24, 2021
Mark I am so terribly sorry to hear about Ryan. You are in my thoughts and I am here for you.
Posted by Josh Israel on May 24, 2021
Ryan was a fierce and competitive swimmer and I was always excited about watching his races. I share my deepest sympathies with Ryan's family and friends. My thoughts are for your peace and comfort.
Posted by Ellen McBride on May 22, 2021
I have no words that are adequate, but my heart aches. I'm holding your family and friends in love.
~ Ellen Roots McBride

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Posted by Tracy McReynolds on June 10, 2021
Mark and Gail- I'm heartbroken to learn of your son Ryan's passing. Please know you have a very large community of support and love. We hope you are able to navigate these difficult times with the fond memories of your son. Those memories will last a life time. As a friend and a colleague, I send you my very best. Hugs to you and yours. Warmly, Tracy and Scott McReynolds
Posted by Lauren Yamane on June 2, 2021
Mark, I'm so sorry to hear of this heartbreaking news. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
Posted by Jim and Laurie Earley on June 1, 2021
Mark and Gail, our hearts and thoughts are with you both. Chico may seem far away, but we are here if you need anything. Know that you have lots of love and support in the North State.
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