Gary Alan Faris, age 53, of Mukilteo, longtime former Whidbey Island resident, devoted husband and loving father, passed away in Anacortes after a courageous battle with cancer Monday, Dec. 9, 2002.
Gary was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Coupeville to Emerson and Kathleen (Clark) Faris. He graduated from Coupeville High School in 1968 and attended Western Washington University from 1968-1970. He met his wife of 32 years, Katharine Allan, at Western Washington University, and they married Aug. 21, 1970. Gary served in the US Navy from 1970-74 as an aviation maintenance administration man, second class. He settled his family in Mukilteo and went on to own two businesses, Universal Glass and later FFAB. Gary has made a name for himself in the industry for his expertise and being known by many as “the last of the good guys.”
Along the way, Gary has made many friends and touched the lives of all he met. He will be remembered for his selflessness and love of family.
He is survived by his wife Katharine, at home; his two daughters, Melissa Anne Hutton of Shoreline, and Danielle Irene Faris of Seattle; one sister, Kathleen Faye Diemert of Anacortes; four brothers, Jim E. Faris and Foster Lee Faris, both of Amarillo, Texas Kevin Patrick Faris of Anacortes, and Emerson Alan Faris, Jr., of Coupeville; two aunts, Dorothy Keefe of Coupeville and Fern MaHood of Marysville; one uncle, Patrick Clark of Edmonds; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at 2:p.m., at Sunnyside Cemetery, Rev. Bill Bryan of Coupeville Community Bible Church officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements under direction of Burley Funeral Chapel.