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In Memory: John Gachina

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Gachina played the role of “founding father” for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician program.

It is with heavy heart that we report the passing of John Gachina, a distinguished Life Member of the California Landscape Contractors Association, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 27.

Gachina was a consistent, long-term contributor to California’s green industry, and was actively involved in efforts to expand and promote the professionalism within the industry.

During his decades of involvement at the local and state level, Gachina played an active role as a “founding father” of the now national Landscape Industry Certified Technician program. Not only was he himself certified but he was a tireless supporter and volunteer for countless CLCA certification exams.

Gachina had a long legacy of service including serving as past state chair of the CLCA Public Relations Committee as well as sitting on the Certification Board of Governors for the then Associated Landscape Contractors of America. He owned the Menlo Park based Gachina Landscape Management, which has been recognized on a local, state and national level with over 165 awards for outstanding achievement including an award from the Alameda County Water District as their 2013 Water Conservation Business of the Year.

Back in 2014, Lawn & Landscape had interviewed Gachina in regards to his company’s water management program. Lawn & Landscape also featured his company in the Insider section of the November 2014 issue, looking at how the company helps people understand the foods they eat.

Gachina Landscape Management will remain a family-owned business under the continued leadership of Craig Van Dorp and the Gachina Management team. Communications about John’s Celebration of Life service will be forthcoming. Once plans have been finalized the information will be available and the company’s Facebook page.

The family is requesting that flowers be held and then delivered for the Celebration of Life service. If you would prefer to make a donation, it is suggested you honor John’s commitment to JobTrain.

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