Gary Axel Ferney, 78, was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Boise, Idaho.
After serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict, Gary attended the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
He met his wife Sue while finishing his doctorate at Washington State.
His first job was in Genesee, Idaho, where he was hired as principal, teacher and school bus driver.
He went on to teach three years at the Kamahamaha School in Hawaii.
After several years working in Palo Alto, CA, with Westinghouse in their Learning Division, he accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Mead School District and was there for the majority of his career.
Following his retirement from Mead he worked with student teachers at Gonzaga.
Gary was passionate about exercise and outdoor activities, and could be found biking in the summer, skiing in the winter, and hydrofoiling with his son Ben year round.
His life’s work revolved around creating relationships and understanding both sides of the coin.
He found nothing more beautiful than the Pacific Northwest and loved summers at the family cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
He is survived his wife Sue, sister Jackie Baxter of Boise, ID, and brothers Don of West Valley City, UT, and George of Caldwell, ID.
He is also survived by his daughter Megan Ferney, son Ben Ferney, and grandchildren Isabel and Sami Ferney, all of Spokane, WA, and his Lake Family.
Gary lived life to the fullest and made connections with people everywhere he went.
He will be missed by many and his legacy will live on with all those he touched.
Memorial service will be held at 4:00 on Saturday, August 18, at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Casual clothes and sun hats suggested.