Gary Edward Binek
1946 - 2021
Gary Edward Binek passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.
Gary was born on 14 April, 1946, the son of Sylvester and Louise Binek. 
  Gary came to Colville, Washington, from North Dakota in 1955 with his parents and older sister, Sandie, and his older brother, Frank.
All of them were great additions to the community and Gary and his sister and brother were very active in school.
Gary was one of the best athletes most of his teammates had ever seen. He set records in track and field, and was a great baseball and football player. He was particularly good at anything involving arm strength. 
  Gary was one of the stars of the little league during the time he was in Colville. He played for Gus Schwartz' team and was an excellent pitcher and a big hitter.
When he was in junior high, he entertained the school at several assemblies by pantomiming to some of the era's favorite songs. 
Gary and his family moved back to North Dakota in 1960. Gary became known as the "Golden Arm of North Dakota" for his excellence as a quarterback.
He enrolled at the University of Washington and was one of the standout candidates for quarterback.
Gary had to move back to North Dakota due to a family issue, but enrolled in the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, where he became the starting quarterback.  
  Gary was recruited to work for Del Webb in Las Vegas, Nevada, and made steady progress in the organization and received several visitors over the years from both Colville and North Dakota.
He met Clova in Las Vegas and they were married in 1990.  They purchased a second home on Deep Lake near Colville and spent many enjoyable summers at the lake.
Gary retired as "Floor Manager" (in charge of all gambling operations) of the Circus Circus Casino. He followed his brother Frank to Mexico to a retirement community and lived there for 10 years. 
Gary was preceded in death by his father Sylvester; his mother, Louise, and his sister, Sandie.
His brother Frank now lives in Priest River, Idaho, and Gary's wife Clova will maintain their home on Deep Lake.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2021.
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I was a good friend of Gary's during high school, as he was elevated to our basketball team in his junior year as a starter, and also was our quarterback my senior year in high school, as a Junior. Great athlete, and a very close friend. We had many good times together and my sympathies go out to Clova, and his brother Frank.
Marv Kostelecky
October 29, 2021
Robert Weir
October 27, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss, Clova and Frank..
Bob & Mary Ann Anner
October 27, 2021
So sad to hear that Gary had died. A wonderful man and a natural athlete. Rest In Peace young man.
Paul Kathrein
October 26, 2021
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