Diane E. Gassaway

On July 22, 2020 Diane E. Gassaway, loving wife and mother, passed peacefully from this world. Born in the Bay Area in 1937, Diane was a California native. In 1971 Diane married Robert (Bob) Gassaway, and they blended their families - Diane had 2 children and a stepson, and Bob brought 4 children to the fun-loving family. Together Diane and Bob started Crucible Jewelry Studios in Santa Cruz, CA. They enjoyed traveling the world on buying trips, bringing home unusual gems to thrill their loyal clients. 

Diane, Bob, their kids and their two beloved Labradors often hopped into the station wagon and headed to the Sierras or Mexico for camping, backpacking, snow or water skiing. She and Bob loved making their own backpacking food and teaching the kids outdoor skills, trail/camping etiquette, and sharing their love of cooking, even deep in the woods.

Once their nest was empty they wanted to be closer to the mountains, so they relocated the Crucible to Jackson and settled down in Sutter Creek. They spent many years building the house of their dreams, and a thriving business. Diane was a proud member of Soroptimist International and was the adviser for Amador High School’s “S” Club for many years. She loved giving the students the opportunity to work for the catering company she and Bob started (A La Carte Catering). She was also an officer for the Amador County Chamber of Commerce. She loved to entertain and was a top shelf event planner and chef. Many of Amador’s community were treated to one of Diane and Bob’s private Crab feeds or gourmet intimate dinners for 50! One of her favorite events to cook for was the annual Jackson Rotary Mother’s Day Brunch. Together they catered for many of the non-profit clubs and raised the bar for caterers to come in Amador County.

Diane is survived by her husband of 49 years Charles Robert. Brother Robert Lapic

Children; David(Lou-Anne),Timothy(Suzanne), Lynette(Daniel) ,Debra(Greg), Douglas and Gregory (Chris). A niece, a nephew, many grandchildren and great grandchildren too!

Diane was an amazing light and will be missed and remembered.

In lieu of flowers, please consider volunteering to improve our community or make a donation to Soroptimist International. Donations can also be made to the American Cancer Society.