Jerry Robert “Bob” Gorski, 74, passed away in his home on March 3, 2018. Bob was born to Jerry and Marie Gorski on Nov. 7, 1943, in Baker, Oregon. The family soon moved to Naches Heights near Yakima. Years later they moved to White Swan, Washington. This is where Bob developed his love for fishing, hunting and camping.
Bob, his brothers and many friends grew up fishing every creek and pond they could find. Bob often told stories of these adventures, fishing with makeshift fishing poles, camping by the creek and of course eating their catch for dinner. The size of the fish grew with every story!
During these years Bob was also an avid hunter, starting with small game birds, ducks, bobcats and then eventually deer and bigger game. You name it, he hunted it! Bob graduated from White Swan in 1961, where he was active in Future Farmers Of America. Bob played basketball throughout his junior and senior high school years. He then excelled in basketball after graduation and during his college years. Bob loved basketball – he truly was an amazing player. He attended Yakima Community College before beginning a lifetime career in carpentry. He began building homes for United Builders, and the profession took him throughout many areas of Washington state. He eventually started his own business, in which was successful for many years.
In 1980, Bob moved his family to Twisp, where he continued to work as a carpenter and building contractor. Bob was hired on as the head carpenter to build the Tice Ranch. That is where he took a fall of the top of a ladder, resulting in a broken neck and back. This fall changed his life to a new direction. Unable to continue as a carpenter, Bob began studying to be a building inspector. In 1990 he was hired by Okanogan County. Only one year later, Bob became the building official for the Okanogan County Building Department. From 1991 until his retirement in 2009, he met and befriended countless building contractors and homeowners, many of which became lifelong friends. Bob absolutely loved his job and everyone he worked with!
The Methow Valley provided Bob, his family and friends with countless opportunities to do what he loved the most: fish, camp and garden. Bob always had the nicest yard with the most beautiful flowers.
Some of Bob’s most cherished moments in his life were holding his grandchildren on his lap, telling stories to anyone who would listen. Sitting on his deck or in his yard watching the hummingbirds and countless wildlife that surrounded him. Bob loved to fish the river with his family and friends, catching a plethora of steelhead and salmon. Sitting by the campfire telling tall tales and all of his amazing adventures throughout his life. Bob loved just being with his family and friends, often just sitting there watching everyone and taking it all in.
Bob was an amazing man, father, friend, boss and most of all he was an amazing grandpa! This valley lost a man, a myth, a legend! He will forever be with us and in our memories and dreams. He will be missed by many! One of Bob’s favorite quotes was “Everyone gets their turn,” whether it be in wealth, happiness or sadness, everyone has their time. Bob always had an open door and a listening ear for anyone who needed it! We will all miss him dearly!
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Lori Gorski; and his five children, Jill O’Brien( (Rob), Jerry Gorski (Penna), Joey Wilson, Shawn Gorski, and Sarah Gorski (Ben). He was blessed with many grandchildren who he dearly loved: Dilon Wilson, Dalton, Porter, and Bentley Evans, Megan and Jordon Leunburger, Keely Gorski, Bobby and Jaelyn Gorski, and Casey, Conner, and Riley O’Brien. He is further survived by his brothers Stu, Mike and Steven, and his sister Arlene.
There will be a celebration of his life on March 24 at the Winthrop Red Barn at 2 p.m. It will be a potluck so please bring a dish, a story or adventure with you.