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Lifelong resident, McDaniel passes away


August 20, 2013

Gary McDaniel was born in a humble home in Hartford, Wash. on August 16, 1937 and passed away at home in Lake Stevens, after a brief battle with cancer on August 14, 2013.

He enjoyed a happy and prosperous life as a lifelong resident of Lake Stevens. McDaniel served in the Marine Corps and was very patriotic of his country.

After the service he worked for the Snohomish County PUD until his retirement in 1987.

Throughout his life he was a fixture of downtown Lake Stevens. With a love for math he had success as a business man. He had a love for fishing, playing cards, campfires, bird watching, his community and the people in it.

Rarely did he miss a Mariners game preferring to listen to it on the radio while he chopped wood, one of his favorite pass times.

He genuinely loved people and helped them when and wherever he could.

McDaniel treasured his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Agnes McDaniel; and sisters, Dorothy Gosney and Vivian Morris. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, of 51 years and his four children; son, Frank (Rauchel), daughter, Kris Bitnes (Chad), daughter, Tami Bloor (Rich), son, Shane (Tracy Giebel) and grandchildren; Andrew, Madison, Zachary, Nicholas, Henry, Harrison, Taylor, Sam, Ben, Josie, Wyatt, Ella, and Jack.

Family and friends will remember him for his great sense of humor, integrity, work ethic, generosity, and love of family and friends.

He’s up in Heaven at the best fishing hole saving us a spot.

A celebration of Gary’s life took place Monday, August 19 at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Providence General Hospice.


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