2017-2018 Assembly Officers
Rev Father Robert Jaranilla - Faithful Friar
Victor Martinez - Faithful Navigator
Edgar Montalvo - Faithful Captain
Carlos Ayuso - Faithful Pilot
Ramon Burce - Faithful Comptroller
Dale Pitman - Faithful Purser
Mario Fragosa - Faithful Scribe
Jose Albayeros - Faithful Admiral
Roger Maldonado - Faithful Sentinel
Greg Keller - Faithful Sentinel
Jerry Canton - Faithful Sentinel
Daniel Meraz - Faithful Sentinel
Edward Robledo - One Year Trustee
Thomas Quintana - Two Year Trustee
Rudy Rios - Three Year Trustee

Victor Martinez - Color Corps Commander
Rudy Rios - Vice Color Corps Commander

 About Mission San Gabriel Assembly #66


Mission San Gabriel Assembly #66 was established on January 13, 1956.  The Assembly meets twice monthly.  The 'General Business Meeting' takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at St. Christopher Council #3159 Hall, located at 11331 Stewart Street in El Monte.  The telephone number for the Hall is (626) 575-9116. There is a social hour prior to the start of the business meeting.  All Sir Knights in good standing are welcome to attend.  Coat & tie is the proper attire for Sir Knights attending the business meetings.  Officers are requires to wear tuxedos.  The 'Officers' Meeting' takes place on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the same location.

Saint Christopher Council Hall #3159


Sir Knight Dean J. Smith, PGK, PFN
(May 27, 1962 - June 27, 2017)



Dean Joseph Smith joined the Order on September 20th of 2006 becoming a First Degree member.  Believe it or not, as legend has it, he did not join the Order right away.  In fact, after many years of Recruitment Drives at Saint Thomas More Parish; he only joined after Marie says and I quote “strong suggestions” from me”.... end of quote.

Demonstrating early his unwavering commitment and leadership abilities, Brother Dean was quickly elevated to the position of Deputy Grand Knight for Alhambra Council 2431 in July of 2007.  The following year, he was elected as Grand Knight for the 2008-2009 Columbian year.  With true dedication and his strong-will helping to drive the council to do its best, they won ‘State Council of the Year’.  Dean was very proud of the accomplishments that all the members achieved together to earn that distinguished and deserving honor.  He told me once, that everyone coming together that year was a true testament of two of our Order’s virtues…  Fraternity and Unity.

Brother Dean became a Sir Knight of the Fourth Degree on October 6th of 2007 joining Mission San Gabriel Assembly 66.  He was a member of the Color Corp team serving first as a ‘tuxedo’, and then with regalia as a ‘red cape’.  In July of 2010, he was elevated to the position of Faithful Pilot; following that in 2011-2012 serving as Faithful Captain; and in 2012-2013, Brother Dean was elected as Faithful Navigator.  

While serving as Faithful Navigator, Brother Dean wanted to acknowledge and honor a fellow Color Corp member who served the Fourth Degree & Assembly for over three decades tirelessly as the Color Corp Commander.  Brother Dean created a special award and named-it after the Sir Knight.  Each year Mission San Gabriel Assembly continues this tradition.  Brother Dean co-sponsored a NEW set of Color Corp Commander regalia when a much needed situation arose.  During his and the following year, the Assembly received two donated regalia outfits from family members of Sir Knights that had recently passed away.  Brother Dean who always wanted to help his fellow Brothers, created an Assembly program where any Sir Knight who didn’t have regalia but had a tuxedo could wear a red cape and be part of the Color Corp team.  Because of this program, a few Sir Knights ended up buying their own regalia because of this great opportunity in Unity.

Brother Dean served as a District Warden for the San Gabriel Valley Chapter for the 2013-2014 Columbian year.  Although he hadn’t been appointed as a District Deputy yet, it was something that he did want to do when things slowed down for him.  

Brother Dean held several board of director positions with the Alhambra Columbian Club including President and Vice-President.  His job experience and leadership skills helped the Columbian Club tremendously.

During his 10+ years as a Knight, Brother Dean served as an Exemplar for all four degrees of the Order.  He was part of a traveling degree team for 5 years that conducted Admission and Formation degrees for other councils and parishes in the San Gabriel Valley and sometimes outside areas.  He helped establish and train Saint Anthony Finder of Lost Admission Degree Team in San Gabriel.

He was a invaluable member of the exemplar team for the Patriotic degree.  He had a couple jobs; not only working behind the scenes on audio and video; but also stepped up a few times with sometimes very, very little notice and provided a great performance straight from memory.

Brother Dean was proudly with the Carmelite Sisters, Five Acres Home and American Wheelchair organizations ‘putting on’ many great events with them.  He created a few ‘limited edition’ event t-shirts helping to foster unity amongst the members and adding character to each event.  He was pretty proud of those event shirts.

To Marie… on behalf of the council and the assembly, we ‘thank you’ for suggesting to Dean that he join the Order.  We also want to ‘thank you’ and your family for all of time that you gave-up with him to allow him to do the great things that he did with us.

To Everyone here today… His departure isn’t just felt by the council or the assembly, but by church parishioners, friends, co-workers and family members.  Brother Dean is with Brothers Gary Ganibi and Ed Cortes now.  They are rejoicing seeing each other and they are planning something big I’m sure.  The streets of heaven gained an angel when Dean left us to be at our Lord’s side.

Sir Knight Gary D. Ganibi, PGK, FDD, PFN, PCP
(June 26, 1952 - March 6, 2014)


Surrounded by family and friends, Gary, age 61, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 after his long and courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Evangeline; three daughters: Francesca, Victoria and Jessica; grandson: Matthew; brother: Pierre; and sisters: Nita, Maribelle and Florabelle.

Gary was born on June 26, 1952 in Pasadena, California to Pedro Viloria Ganibi (deceased) and Eileen Shirley LaBelle. He graduated from John Muir High School (class of 1970) where he proudly played football throughout high school. He then attended Pasadena City College where he received his A.A. in criminology.

After graduating from the police academy in 1972, Gary started his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Pasadena Police Department. He then later joined the South Pasadena Police Department as a range master and reserve officer. After several years with the city of South Pasadena, he joined the El Segundo Police Department as a range master beginning in 1984 and a reserve police officer from 1985 to 1999. In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, with his experience as a range master, he happily assisted as a scoring judge. Since 1987, he held many positions from specialist to analyst. After 28 years with the El Segundo PD, he retired in 2012 as the Senior Analyst where he was responsible for purchasing, budgeting and tracking of asset forfeiture. While working in law enforcement, he was also a councilman for the city of Altadena for several years.

Gary and Eva got married on September 10, 1983 and started building their family in 1987 with their first daughter Francesca and shortly after were blessed with two more daughters, Victoria and Jessica. Gary's favorite experiences with his family were volunteering in his daughters' various sports and school activities, from coaching football to being an avid member of the PTO at St. Elizabeth Parish School and at Providence High School. Later in his life, he was blessed once again with joy with the birth of his grandson, Matthew.

Gary was very active in the Catholic Church and joined the Knights of Columbus in 1999. His commitment to the church and the Knights led him to serve in various committees and chairmanships, and he also served as a District Deputy for several years. He is the immediate past Chapter President of San Gabriel Valley, a past Faithful Navigator of the Mission San Gabriel Assembly and a past Grand Knight of Pasadena Council #1174. He also served as a volunteer for organizations and helped raise funds for the Rosary Bowl (2007), American Wheelchair Mission (2007), Walk for Life (2011), and Go to Bat for Life (2012).

Gary was very enthusiastic in joining many organizations, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance. Anyone who knew him could only be inspired by his dedication to his family, friends and his faith. He will surely be missed.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Parish (1879 North Lake Avenue, Altadena 91001) at 11 am, with a viewing on March 14, 2014 at St. Andrew Catholic Church (311 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91103) from 7 pm to 10 pm with a rosary at 7 pm. Gary's ashes will then later be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills (private).

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the American Wheelchair Mission via the Knights of Columbus (https://amwheelchair.org/donate/).



 Contact Mission San Gabriel Assembly by e-mail at msga66@yahoo.com


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