Gathering Sunday for former water master, commissioner |

Gathering Sunday for former water master, commissioner

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Garry Stone and Julian Larrouy talk about water in Northern Nevada and their jobs in October 2012, shortly before Stone retired as federal water master.
Shannon Litz /R-C File Photo |

A gathering is 11 a.m. Sunday to remember former Douglas County commissioner and federal water master Garry Stone, who died Aug. 2, 2016.

In 2011, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized Stone, 78, as one of the 150 most influential people in the history of Douglas County.

Born in Lovelock, Nev., on Oct. 29, 1937, he was the son of Donald and Lilly (Lee) Stone.

He was a second-generation Nevada native, who spent his entire life in Lovelock, Carson Valley, and Reno.

He graduated from Pershing County High School in 1955 and went on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno.

After college, he started a 55-year career managing water, first with the Pershing County Irrigation District, then the Carson Water Subconservancy District in Carson Valley, and ultimately serving as U.S. District Court water master for 30 years.

As water master, he operated Lake Tahoe, the Carson and Truckee rivers, and numerous Sierra reservoirs until he retired in 2013.

In addition to his career in water, he served as a Douglas County commissioner from 1974 to 1980.

Stone is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan, and his five children: Sherri (Chris) Long, of Reno, Penni (Hal) Curti of Coleville, CA, David (Alane) Towell of Hermosa Beach, CA, Mark (Alecia) Towell of Reno, and Rob (Jamie) Stone of Gardnerville. He is also survived by his sister, Gaynelle Stone Ashworth of Goose Creek, SC, his 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to City of Refuge (, founded by Stone’s cousin David Gamble. Condolences may be sent to Walton’s Funerals and Cremations, Gardnerville, is in charge of arrangements.