His son, Tommy, was by his side when he finally went home to be with the Lord.
He was born June 2, 1954 in Boise, ID to John and Genevra Barrett.
His family later moved to Spokane and in 1972, he graduated from University High School.
Every year, Gary always looked forward to their class reunions because he had so many close friends with whom he stayed in touch after graduation, including a lifelong friend who he met in the second grade.
Gary worked as a realtor, and developed lifelong friendships.
He enjoyed fishing, skiing, and golfing.
He really enjoyed fishing every year at Cabo San Lucas; and his favorite place to visit was Hawaii.
He loved playing soccer and, one year, he took an NBC Soccer team to tour Europe.
Gary loved the Zags; and passed away during the Zags televised West Coast Conference game; there will be a sixth man on the floor for the tournament this year.
He loved barbecuing with his children and grandchildren: son, Tommy Barrett and Tommy’s daughter, Linnea Barrett; daughter, Jennifer Soter, and husband, Joel Soter, with their children Elijah, Michael and Dora.
He was especially close to his brothers, John and Pat Barrett, brother-in-law, Don Stone, and his niece and nephews, and their children.
Gary was the youngest of four children.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his sister, Carole, who passed away suddenly four months ago; and who has been waiting for her baby brother in Heaven.
The family wants to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of the special friends who visited with Gary every week, and also helped the family by taking him to his doctor appointments.
The family also wants to extend a very special thank you to the amazing staff at Cancer Care Northwest, and all of the amazing staff on the Oncology floor at Sacred Heart.
There will a Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Rd, Spokane Valley, at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 23rd.
Interment will follow at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.