MALLON, Gary (Age 69) Gary Mallon, age 69, passed away at the Hospice House of Spokane on February 10, 2021, with his wife Camille and children Sean Mallon and Colleen Fox at his side. After courage-ously battling multiple illnesses over a six-year period, it was a brief battle with leukemia that finally claimed him. Throughout it all, Gary remained strong and never lost his sharp wit and dry sense of humor he was an optimistic person whose enduring concern was for his family. It was he who helped all of us during the final chapter of his life. Gary was born in Berkley, CA in 1951, and spent his early childhood in Walnut Creek. Following the passing of his father, his family relocated to Spokane, where Gary spent the majority of his life. He attended North Central High School, where he played multiple sports and developed his life-long love of basketball he was also the Sports Editor for the school newspaper. At an early age, his keen intellect, love of learning, and intense curiosity about the world were evident. Gary spent his college years at WSU, beginning 50 years of strong friendship with a number of his fraternity brothers. It was there that he met his wife Camille, and they began their 47 year journey together. They were married at the Glover Mansion in 1979 and settled on the South Hill, where they raised their two children, Sean and Colleen, as well niece Chloe. Gary enjoyed coaching youth sports teams and encouraged his children to engage in both academic and athletic pursuits of all types. He was a very involved father who devoted himself to raising his children expectations were always high, as was the level of love and encouragement. Gary's professional career included working as a Manufacturing Representative (Scott Paper) as well as jobs in the telecommunications industry (GST), and economic development (GSI). He was a member of various boards, committees, and focus groups related to business recruitment, technology development, and the environment, and had a passionate interest in climate change and its impacts on the world. Throughout his life, Gary was an avid reader who enjoyed books and articles about a wide variety of topics - he was a valuable source of reading recommendations to his family, friends, and colleagues. He also enjoyed listening to music (especially jazz), family gatherings of all types, social get-togethers with friends, heated political debates, and winning any type of situation. Gary, Cam and their beloved dog Dooley spent much of the past year enjoying the small house that they moved to in late 2019. Gary had a special love for large rocks collected over many years, which are now displayed throughout the gardens of the family home along with special flowers and shrubs that he selected. Gary and Cam were life-long partners and friends, whose love for each other and their family grew stronger over the years. Family ties were broadened as spouses were added to the family mix Richard Fox (Colleen), Kaitlin Kardong (Sean) and Matt Thomas (Chloe). One of the bright lights of Gary's life were his four grandchildren Vivian (5) and Joe (3) Mallon, and Jack and Hannah (4) Fox. He was profoundly grateful for the time he was able to spend watching them grow up over the past five years during difficult times they provided great joy, many laughs, and a sense of hope. A very heartfelt thanks to Dr. Andrew Coletti (Providence) for giving Gary that special time. Gary will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving spouse, devoted father, loyal and always interesting friend, and of course as a fun-loving and imaginative 'Papa'. His presence will be felt during family holidays, BBQs, and gatherings of all types, and his memory will be kept alive through memories and the stories that we will continue to share. We know that both family and friends will share toasts to him over the years his humor and wit, intelligence, high level of integrity and adventurous spirit will be missed but never forgotten. A gathering of family and close friends will be held late summer / early fall as circumstances permit in lieu of flowers, Gary and family suggest donations to the Providence Health Care Foundation, the Environmental Resources Defense Council, or Second Harvest Food Bank.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 21, 2021.