Gardnerville man dies after fall in river |

Gardnerville man dies after fall in river

by Merrie Leininger, staff writer

A Gardnerville man died Sunday after he apparently suffered a seizure and fell into the East Fork of the Carson River and drowned.

Gary John Limb, 37, owner of Gary Limb Construction, was walking his two dogs near the bridge on Riverview Drive about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he apparently had a seizure and fell into the river, and ingested a large amount of water, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report.

Witnesses pulled Limb out of the water and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation while waiting for the paramedics, according to the DCSO. Paramedics took Limb to Carson Valley Medical Center and he was taken by CareFlight to Washoe Medical Center, where he died.

Small lacerations on his head, face and hands indicated he had not been able to break his fall, the report stated.

His wife, Dayla Limb, was on her way home from the grocery store and stopped at the site when she saw the emergency vehicles surrounding her husband’s vehicle. She told deputies she and her husband usually took their dogs to that area to exercise them. She told police Limb had been diagnosed with a seizure disorder and that he usually suffered a seizure every two or three months.

According to the police report, Limb usually felt a seizure coming on, but had other incidents in which he was in a car accident and fell off a roof at a construction site.

According to the police report, medical personnel familiar with Limb said he was not taking his prescribed medication.

Limb’s sister, Stacey Holst, said she and her brother shared a special bond.

“He was my best friend. I could always come to him and he always guided me in the right direction. He was a man who touched so many lives and has many friends that will miss him terribly. I will hold him in my heart forever,” Holst said.

A funeral will be held Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

A reception will be held at Sharkey’s Nugget following the service.

A memorial in Gary Limb’s name has been established to help the family with hospital and funeral expenses. To donate, contact Lindsay Daniels at U.S. Bank, 1337 Highway 395, Gardnerville, or call 782-2268.