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Gary G. McGlothlen

November 4, 1938 - June 11, 2014
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Gary G. McGlothlen passed away peacefully on the 11th of June, 2014 at Cottage in the Meadow, with his family by his side. He was born in Buckley, WA on November 4, 1938, to Charles and Elva McGlothlen. In 1965, he married the girl next door, and he and Gloria have enjoyed almost 49 years of marriage. Gary served his life with civic duty, being awarded Life Membership in Kiwanis International as a result. After joining Kiwanis in 1968, he was Club President and Board Director. He was a Pacific Northwest District Lieutenant Governor, achieving a Distinguished Standing for Achievement award. He was also District Chairman of several...
Gary G. McGlothlen passed away peacefully on the 11th of June, 2014 at Cottage in the Meadow, with his family by his side.

He was born in Buckley, WA on November 4, 1938, to Charles and Elva McGlothlen. In 1965, he married the girl next door, and he and Gloria have enjoyed almost 49 years of marriage.

Gary served his life with civic duty, being awarded Life Membership in Kiwanis International as a result. After joining Kiwanis in 1968, he was Club President and Board Director. He was a Pacific Northwest District Lieutenant Governor, achieving a Distinguished Standing for Achievement award. He was also District Chairman of several committees, and served as the 2001-2002 Pacific Northwest Governor. He was passionate about children and young adults, being a Circle K Advisor. He complemented his community outreach with serving in the Boy Scouts, KYVE Public Television, and Yakima County Credit Union. He was also raised in the Selah Masonic Lodge and was a life member of Mount Adams Lodge No. 227 in Yakima. He was a charter life member of Masada Shrine, an Associate Board member of the Shrine Hospital Board of Trustees in Spokane, WA, and a past member of the Scottish Rite.

After graduating from the University of Washington Law School, Gary was the first Yakima Assistant City Attorney and served as City Prosecutor. He was appointed Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Criminal Department, and elected Yakima County District Court Judge. He was the City Attorney and City Manager for Toppenish, advising the City Council. He practiced law as a sole practitioner, including serving as Trustee for the US Bankruptcy Court and engaging in criminal and civil appeals in the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington. In the last ten years of his legal career, Gary limited his practice to bankruptcy expertise; he enjoyed advising and helping people through their financial struggles. Gary was a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Yakima County Bar Association, and the Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Lately, Gary's interests included obtaining a teaching certificate, instructing middle school math and science. He enjoyed learning about fly fishing through the Yakima Fly Fishers Association. He was a member of the Wildlife Education Corp and volunteered at the Oak Creek Elk Feeding Station. And, he had several plans for continued travel.

Gary is survived by his wife, Gloria, his son, Chris McGlothlen and wife Tina, and his daughter, Jody Gentemann and husband Michor. Gary also had 6 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Rachel, Allie, and Lea McGlothlen, and Michor Ely and Ava Gentemann. He is also survived by his brother, Donald McGlothlen and wife Siv.

Gary asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation or the Shrine Hospital for Children Spokane. A Celebration of his Life will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Englewood Christian Church, Arrangements are being coordinated through Keith and Keith Funeral Home.

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