Simmons VP Gary Pleasant dies in accident

Gary Pleasant, a senior vice president of sales at bedding maker Simmons, was killed in a traffic accident June 30 in Atlanta. A chartered passenger bus lost control on a major highway as it was transporting him, Simmons’ Roger Murray and several other employees of Simmons, friends and relatives. Also killed was Sheri Murray, Roger Murray’s daughter–in–law. The bus was en route to a birthday celebration for Roger Murray, national vice president of dealer relations.

Pleasant, 64, was a 37–year veteran of Simmons, joining the company in 1966 and serving in many sales positions. He also worked briefly for Sealy in the 1980s.

“Gary’s contributions go far beyond the positions that he has held,” said Charlie Eitel, chairman and chief executive officer of Atlanta–based Simmons.

“He has been a valued member of the senior management team and a trusted friend to many of us. He was a committed team member and a loyal colleague. We will miss his knowledge of the business, his incredible relationships with our dealers and his unwavering dedication.

But most of all, we will miss Gary—a man whose qualities inspired us all to be great spouses and parents, friends and business associates.”

The Pleasant family and Simmons have created the Gary Pleasant Memorial Scholarship Fund. Those wishing to contribute should send donations to California State University–Chico University Foundation, Attn.: Scholarship Coordinator, 400 W. First St., Chico, CA, 95929–0155. Checks should be made to “California State University–Chico University Foundation” with “Gary Pleasant Memorial Scholarship Fund” listed in the memo section.

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