Gary Lee Knaus Sr

April 07, 1943 - September 11, 2015

Gary Lee Knaus Sr

April 07, 1943 - September 11, 2015


Gary L Knaus Sr., 72, of Acme lost his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on September 11th at home with his wife and family at his side. Gary was born in Bellingham on April 7, 1943 to George and Helen Knaus. He graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1961. He married the love of his life, Jacquelyn Erickson in Bothell on December 22, 1972.

Gary worked for Whatcom Builders as an estimator/supervisor from 1973 to 1992. His next journey in life lead him to be a cattle rancher with his wife and kids. Together they created Doran Farms.

Gary was a member of both the American Angus Association and American Hereford Association. He was also a past president of the Whatcom Cattleman’s Association.
He was a volunteer firemen and fire commissioner from 1976 to 2014 with WCFD #16. He also was on the Whatcom County Noxious weed board from 1995-2014.

Gary was a loving husband, father and papa.
He was an avid hunter and looked forward to his yearly hunting trip every October.
Many family vacations were spent at Fairs throughout the State where the children showed their Hereford and Angus cattle.

Gary is survived by his wife Jacquelyn; sons Gary Knaus Jr. and Shawn (Chandra) Knaus; daughter Tara Knaus; grandchildren Kaylee, Jorja, Alexa and Cody; brother George (Joanne); sisters Nancy (Alan) and Candy (Doug). Extended family Kimberli Lupp. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Deming Logging Show. Memorials may go to the Washington State Cattlemen’s Association c/o Gary L. Knaus Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: October 4, 2015 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Deming Log Show
  • Location: 3295 Cedarville Rd Bellingham, WA 98226 - (Get Directions)

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8 responses to Gary Lee Knaus Sr

  1. We are sorry to hear he passed. If there is anything we can do please feel free to contact us. He needed to be at peace and now he is. He will not have pain. He will be at peace.

  2. Jackie we were so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our payers as you work through this difficult time.

  3. Dear Jackie – Thank you so much for taking the time to call us and share your loss of Gary Sr.. He was the type of man you knew from the first time you met him that he was a man of integrity and you could trust him on his word. This is a rare trait these days!!
    While he may not be with you in flesh, he will always be with you in heart and spirit as he will be for all of his family.

    We grieve with you, and our prayers go out to you and your beloved family to find comfort and peace in knowing Gary will always be walking beside you.

    God Bless you and yours.

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