Gary M. Artz
December 16, 1940 – February 8, 2018
Gary M. Artz was born at home on December 16, 1940, in Tecumseh, Nebraska. While in the Marines in 1961-1966, he married Peggy J. Malone in 1964. They had a son and two daughters. Their son, Rick, died at the age of 35, but not before giving Gary a beautiful granddaughter.
He was a man of simple tastes and wants, but took his family, friends and job seriously. For twenty years, he had his own business as an installer of bank vaults, safes, ATMs, and time lock mechanisms.
Once Gary retired, he focused his energies on a motorcycle club in the town of Snohomish where he helped organize many fundraising rides to benefit ABATE, a not-for-profit, motorcycling organization, which contributes to charities for abused and battered women, food banks, and Christmas gifts to disadvantaged youth, etc.
Gary enjoyed nothing more than to be on his bike, on the open road with the wind in his face, headed to Hells Canyon, Idaho, his favorite ride. Gary moved to Sultan, Washington, but continued to be involved with his friends in the biking community in Snohomish.
A long watched, slowly growing lung cancer eventually made a break for it, grew and metastasized to other body parts. The months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment did little to slow it down. Gary died at home on February 8, 2018, with friends in attendance.
Gray is survived by a brother, Keith Artz in Seattle, daughters, Melody Artz in Seattle, and Neesa Artz-Baker in Kent, granddaughter Ashley Hjorten, in Bonney Lake, and two great-grandsons, Ezra and Rory, also in Bonney Lake.
A full military service will be held from 2:30 to 3:00 on Friday, March 16, at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, Washington.
Please make any tributes to: Sky Valley ABATE, PO Box 2111, Snohomish, WA 98291.
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