Gary Alan Faris

Gary Alan Faris, 53, of Mukilteo, passed away Dec. 9, 2002, in Anacortes after a courageous battle with cancer.

He had been a longtime Whidbey Island resident, and was a devoted husband and loving father

Mr. Faris was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Coupeville to Emerson and Kathleen (Clark) Faris. He graduated from Coupeville High School in 1968 and attended Western Washington University from 1968 to 1970. He met his wife, Katharine Allan, at WWU, and they married on Aug. 21, 1970.

Mr. Faris served in the Navy 1970-74 as an aviation maintenance administration man second class. He settled his family in Mukilteo and went on to own two businesses, Universal Glass and later FFAB. He has made a name for himself in the industry for his expertise and was known by many as “the last of the good guys.” Along the way, Mr. Faris has made many friends and touched the lives of all he met. He will be remembered for his selflessness and love of family.

He is survived by Katharine, his wife of 32 years, at home; two daughters, Melissa Anne Hutton of Shoreline and Danielle Irene Faris of Seattle; a sister, Kathleen Faye Diemert of Anacortes; four brothers, Jim E. Faris and Foster Lee Faris, both of Amarillo, Texas, Kevin Patrick Faris of Anacortes, and Emerson Alan Faris Jr. of Coupeville; two aunts, Dorothy Keefe of Coupeville and Fern MaHood of Marysville; an uncle, Patrick Clark of Edmonds; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside services were held Dec. 12 at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel.