Garry L. Sager
Garry Sager, 69, a Leo was born on August 19, 1950 and passed away on April 25, 2020 to the perfect golf course in the sky. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1968, but attended Sehome High School the year before.
He spent 15 years in Santa Monica while his dad, Frank Sager, worked as a plasterer and a commercial fisherman and his mom, Helen Hanger Sager worked at a college and as an egg candler. Garry started his career in retail at 15, by working in 2 liquor stores stocking shelves and bringing lunch to one of the owners. He also sold newspaper subscriptions to earn tickets to go to Disneyland. He was quite the salesman! His days in California were spent going to school, working, at the beach, skateboarding, riding bikes and touring Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.
After moving back to Washington, he held a variety of jobs. One dear to his heart was helping his Aunt Louise and Uncle Ken Sager on their Olson Road farm. Others included construction, commercial fishing in Alaska, retail and attending Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon to study Park Management. Garry worked as a gardener at Peace Arch Park and expected to become a park ranger. But when he found out the Park system was going to require the rangers to carry a firearm, he said no way. That was when he began his 37-year career at Safeway.
During the last year of high school, Garry met June (thank you Lisa). They married in September 1970. In 1974, they were blessed with a son, Erik. Erik and Garry raced tenth scale cars in the 80’s and won several trophies. They raced locally in Mt. Vernon, eastern Washington and British Columbia. They spent hours on the three wheelers going through the woods and in the mountains searching for mudholes and fun rough riding. The family went out in the 4X4 vehicle in the winter searching for the perfect Christmas tree and enjoyed a big bon fire and hot chocolate. Garry and June also went ice fishing in British Columbia in February/March, caught several trout, rode 4 wheelers on the ice in blizzards, then enjoyed a warm meal in the cabin afterwards.
Garry served 10 years as a volunteer fire fighter with Whatcom Co. Fire Fighters Association District 7, 20+ years with Whatcom County Search and Rescue/4X4’s and Whatcom Four Wheelers. There was lots of camping and hunting, ending with his favorite sport in later years golf.
Garry retired in 2012 and found a winter place in southern California, Desert Oasis Mobile Home Park, just outside of Desert Hot Springs. It was perfect and really close to many golf courses. Here he enjoyed eight years of golfing with other snowbirds, the blue skies, warm temperatures and spending time in the company of many new friends.
Garry loved his family, was so proud of his son and adored the time he spent with the grandchildren. He worked hard and played hard, he loved life. Garry felt so fortunate to have met so many wonderful and generous people in his life, both across the border in Canada and here in the lower 48. Garry is now at peace after struggling with many health issues, the latest being multiple myeloma, but a stroke took his life. A good friend of ours used to tell him “you are one tough SOB!”. And that was the truth!
Garry is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, June, son Erik (Lindsay), grandchildren Tyler and Nick (mother Magan), his father Frank, his brother Larry (Gina), his Aunt Judi and cousins Carol (Merrill), Sandy (Mini), Bill (Lilly), Linda (Wayne), Serena (Steve), Bruce, Marcia (Bob), Julia, Mark (Barb), Lisa (Brent), Jessica and Toby, and many other first, second and third cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.