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Gary E. Christensen was born on February 14, 1935 and passed away peacefully on October 26, 2012. He was born in a house on the banks of the Columbia River in East Wenatchee to Gertrude and Gunner Christensen; his father was a logger, they moved to Granite Falls, WA when he was three and eventually settled in Everett. He graduated from Everett High School in 1953 and started working for Weyerhaeuser Company where he retired after 41 years of service.
Gary E. Christensen
He didn't stay retired very long, and soon became a school bus driver which he worked for seven years.
His father passed away in 1979, his mother in 1984 and a half sister, Barbara Long, several years ago.
He leaves a half sister, Shirley Gonska of Twisp.
He married the girl next door, P. Kay Mattson in 1956; they had two children, Rex in 1960 and Carri Lynn in 1965. His family enjoyed fishing, water skiing and camping, they also enjoyed many road trips to Reno. They grew apart after 27 years and divorced.
For many years he was an active bowler in an Everett league as well as an ASA Softball umpire; he also held several union positions during his time at Weyerhaeuser. Gary was especially proud of volunteering at the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Everett from 1988 to 2001 as a mediator, and led many training sessions to share his skills for parenting plans and family court mediation.
On a trip to San Diego in 1990, he married his long time friend Wanda Warnock; they spent the next several years enjoying traveling either by motor home or with a Christian Travel Club. They remained very close friends even after their split up in 2000.
In recent years Gary loved to bake cookies and to share them with everyone. He would deliver his amazing cookies to his friends/ acquaintances at many businesses in North Everett. I don't think he/we ever met anyone that didn't LOVE his cookies. Boy are they tasty!
His daughter Carri came down with a serious illness and moved back to the family home. As she got better she became a great comfort and support to him. As such he was then able to watch his grandsons Austen and Blake Anderson grow up for many years, which was a great joy of his life.
He leaves his son, Rex; his daughter, Carri Lynn (Kurt Franson); grandsons, Austen, Blake Anderson (Jay) and Hunter Franson.
Gary requested his ashes to be placed in a wooded area from his childhood in Granite Falls, where he loved to play in the creek with his dog Skippy. We will honor his wishes of not having a service.
Dad is finally free and at peace from all the joint pain he has had for many years. We will love and miss his jolly laugh and his great cookies!
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2012