Gary Leslie Adams

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Gary Leslie Adams

Gary Leslie Adams died of a stroke November 30, 2019, at age 60. In life Gary connected with people – family members, friends, coworkers, his community – creating lasting relationships.

He was a son, born January 16, 1959, to parents Delmer and Nancy, in Seattle, WA. Two years later he became a big brother, to sister Teri.

At age 10 the family moved to Clearview, WA, where Gary spent the remainder of childhood. He participated in 4H, showing dogs, horses, arts & crafts and cooking. Went boating and water skiing with his dad, mom & sister. Spent time with friends, was active in youth group and worked on his ‘68 Ford Galaxie. A naturally gifted mechanic, Gary spent a lot of his time in metal shop. Graduating from Snohomish High School, class of 1977.

After graduation Gary bought a house in Clearview, applied his mechanical abilities at Boeing, and married a girl named Stephanie. They started a family, Chandra was born in 1985, Serena 1986, Mark 1988. After Gary and Stephanie divorced in 1993, he took on the challenge of primary parent to their 3 kids.

A lifelong Washingtonian, Gary had a love for nature and the outdoors. He imparted this love to his kids. Exploring the trails and logging roads off Reiter Road on quads & dirt bikes. Camping at the sand dunes in Washington and Oregon, free to ride fast. Boating trips up the Snohomish River, on Lake Stevens & Baker Lake and through Port Gardner to Jetty Island. Taking long road trips along the California Coast, surrounded by the natural beauty of the ocean and majestic Redwood Forest.

In 2002 Gary married Cyndi, adding Cyndi and her daughter Skye to the family. They built a house on the property Gary grew up on and painted it blue. Even after the children left home Gary and Cyndi continued to live in the blue house.

Gary loved working on and driving fast cars. In 2008 he started participating in street drag races at Evergreen Speedway with his ‘71 Ford Mustang. Crowned Bracket 7 Champion in 2012.

Proud Grandpa to 7 grandkids – Magnolia, Othelia, Holly, Buckley, Daisy, Brennley & Brody. Gary knew his grandkids, had experiences with them and imparted his knowledge. Taking the time to observe nature together, count everything and explain how things worked.

Always a hard worker Gary was a machinist at Boeing for over 30 years. An active member in the IAM District 751 Machinist Union. Retiring in 2018, Gary enjoyed his short retirement, spending time with family, camping, riding quads & dirt bikes, and on the water, expertly navigating the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, & Skykomish Rivers, tributaries, sloughs and Possession Sound.

Gary spent his life supporting his family, friends & coworkers. Exploring nature with his family & friends. Making a positive impact in his community. He was loyal, dependable & fun. He made connections with people, created lasting relationships, and left us with many great memories. We miss you Gary.


Memorial: Postponed! Date and time to be rescheduled soon.

Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072
March 14, 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Procession: Postponed! Date and time to be rescheduled soon.

17520 WA-9, Snohomish, WA 98296
March 14, 12 PM
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