On June 8, nearly 100 family members, friends and transportation leaders gathered on a warm, picture perfect summer day in honor of Gary Moon - a longtime advocate for improving transportation in San Bernardino County.
Amanda Moon, daughter of Gary Moon, shares memories of her father with event attendees.
Gary Moon served with utmost distinction as the Director of Freeway Construction for San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) from 1990 to 2003 when he retired.
Throughout his tenure, Gary was responsible for leading the construction of State Route 210 through Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, as well as improvements to Interstate 10, State Route 71, State Route 60 and other transportation initiatives in San Bernardino County.
View of the northbound I-215 to westbound SR-210 connector.
He was also instrumental in the early planning stages of the I-215 Widening Project, which includes new connectors between Interstate 215 and State Route 210 - and will improve access to west San Bernardino Valley.
While Gary lost his battle with cancer in 2005, and did not see the start of construction of the $723 million project, his legacy of professionalism, compassion and honesty will live on for generations to come as millions of motorists will travel through the Gary Moon Memorial Interchange. Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod helped champion the naming resolution.
California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, left, presents Kathy Moon, wife of Gary Moon, right, with a resolution of the Gary Moon Memorial Interchange Dedication.
WTS, Advancing Women in Transportation's Inland Empire Chapter President Stephanie Guida also announced that two scholarships in Gary's name would be awarded to students at California State University, San Bernardino where he was a political science instructor.
In addition to Kathy and Amanda Moon, son Nicolas Moon and Kathy's mother were in attendance.
The eastbound State Route 210 to southbound Interstate 215 connector of the Gary Moon Memorial Interchange is expected to open next month.