Gary L. Knowlton, 50, longtime resident of Brewster, went home to be with his heavenly Father on July 16, 2016, at 8:22 p.m. He was born on Sept. 9, 1965, to proud parents Patsy Knowlton and Micheal Knowlton, both of Brewster.
Gary was a 12-year senior of the class of 1984 at Brewster High School where he participated in football, basketball, track, band and FFA.
He furthered his education at Spokane Falls Community College, participating in football and track and field. Gary then transferred to Whitworth College, graduating in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. He later received his master’s degree.
While attending Whitworth he made nationals in track and field, specializing in the decathlon and placing 10th.
He met and fell in love with Deana Schulz and they were married on Sept. 3, 1988, in Twisp. Later they had two beautiful daughters, Kari and Krysta. They made their home in Brewster.
He began his teaching career of 19 years at Brewster Elementary. In his spare time, he life-guarded for 32 years starting at the Brewster Pool and then moved on to the Manson Bay Park. He was a referee for 14 years and gave a T (technical) to his boss. He had a passion for biking which he did every day, especially his trips to Manson and around the state.
Gary attended Brewster Assembly of God for 50 years. Through his life there he graced the congregation with his trombone playing, running the sound system and as a member of the church board.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deana; daughters Kari and Krysta of Spokane; mother Patsy Knowlton, Brewster; father Micheal Knowlton, Brewster; brothers Ron and wife Charlene Knowlton, Ryan and Aaron, Puyallup; sisters Shari and husband Kevin Elliott, Maddie and Jack, Richland; grandfather John Knowlton, Wenatchee; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents Pat and Betty Troutman and Clara Knowlton.
A celebration of life will be held at noon on Saturday (July 30) at the Brewster High School gymnasium. There will be a viewing on Friday (July 29) between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gary Knowlton Memorial Fund to the Brewster School District, or to the North Cascades Bank for college expenses for Krysta and classroom expenses for Kari. Donations can be made at any North Cascades Bank and checks can be written to Gary’s daughters Kari or Krysta Knowlton and mailed to North Cascades Bank in care of Kari and Krysta Knowlton, P.O. Box 7 Twisp, WA 98856.
Please leave any thoughts and memories for the family at www.barneschapel.com. Services are entrusted to Barnes Chapel of Brewster.