Mays, Winford Gene

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Winford Gene Mays

1932 – 2016

W. Gene Mays of Rancho Mirage, passed peacefully at home on Friday evening, January 1st 2016, he was 83. He had been dealing with health issues stemming from diabetes. Gene was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Dorothy, originally from the Lewistown, MT area. Dorothy succumbed to cancer in 1995. He is survived by his son Michael Mays and Daughter Patricia Jewett of Great Falls, MT, Granddaughter Crystal Jewett of Sacramento, Brother Thomas Mays of Amarillo, TX and his life partner of the past 18 years, Adele Meyers, of Rancho Mirage.

After serving in the US Air Force in Korea and Japan during the Korean conflict, Gene was stationed at Eglin AFB Florida, where he met and courted his future wife Dorothy. A few months later, when Gene received his discharge date, he invited Dorothy to share in his dream of adventuring to California, where he had plans to launch a (what would be the beginning of a distinguished 60 year) career in commercial real estate sales, development and property management. Dorothy agreed, and they were married on the first day of their road trip from Florida to Los Angeles.

After attending college on the GI bill, Gene found entry level positions with L.A. area real estate brokerages and later advanced to executive positions with Tishman Realty & Construction, Helmsley Spear Real Estate and later retired from Continental Development Corporation in El Segundo, where he served as Executive VP for over 20 years. Most recently, Gene was the General Manager of The Esplanade in Cathedral City, the former GM at the Indio Fashion Mall and was awarded “Business Person of the Year” in 2009 by the Coachella chamber of Commerce. Gene thrived on putting deals together and enjoyed reading, music and traveling with Adele.

Interment services will be held at the USAF section of the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA on Monday, January 18th, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the and/or a non-profit foster child care organization.

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