Gary Allen Beneze passed away October 6, 2018, at the age of 70, surrounded by his beloved family after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary’s irrepressible sense of humor remained intact throughout the duration of his battle, and his resolve never faltered.
Gary was born September 15, 1948, in Kirkland, WA, to Jesse and Theron Beneze, the second of five children. He spent his childhood growing up in Kirkland, WA. Gary was an excellent student, athlete, and Student Body President of the first graduating class of Redmond HS in 1966.
Ever the patriot, Gary enlisted in the US Marine Corp shortly after graduation, completed basic training at Camp Pendleton, and deployed to Vietnam where he completed two tours with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Charlie Company.
After his honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant, Gary’s love of people led him to a career in the medical field. He continued his education earning a master’s degree in science, while working as an ED RN. During his career, he worked at Sutter Roseville Hospital ICU, at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, consulted with and provided marketing knowledge to numerous medical companies around the world, and was instrumental in directing imaging centers in the Seattle area. Gary was a compassionate man and strong patient advocate.
First married in the early 70’s, Gary had two daughters, whom he adored.
Gary’s career led him to NY, where he met the love of his life, Deborah. They wed in November 1985, and the two returned to WA State where they personally built their home in the Issaquah foothills. Gary was always at home in the mountains and woods. In retirement, the couple moved to Meridian, ID, where they lived until his passing.
Gary is survived by his wife and best friend, Deborah Gober-Beneze; daughters: Amy Riekstins and Heather Fry (Jeff); grandchildren: Taylor, Macey, Jackson, Carson; mother, Theron Beneze; siblings: Sharon Shank, Leo Beneze (Lenny), Terry Beneze (Claudia), Lori Stengrund (John). Gary is also survived by many nieces and nephews he adored, and dear friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Jesse A. Beneze and granddaughter, Madison Fry.
Gary loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He cultivated spectacular gardens, loved photography, rooted on the Mariners, Seahawks, and the UW Huskies. Go Dawgs! Always a big presence, a smiling face, a helping hand. His jokes, stories and sayings will be repeated and recounted for generations. Gary was an inspiration to all, he made such a difference in everyone’s life. He will be forever loved, and never be forgotten. Semper Fi.