David R. Garing

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David R. Garing passed away unexpectedly at his home on Marrowstone Island at the young age of 71 on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 while doing one of his daily routines: working out.

Dave loved his wife, girls and grandson undoubtedly. He was always at the helm through life’s adventures. He was the thread of his family, a generous friend, a loved coach and teacher, a damn good sailor, a wordsmith and a keeper.

Born in Seattle, Aug. 15, 1949 Dave lived on Queen Anne until college where he attended Washington State University. 

While sailing the Puget Sound in 1975 Dave discovered his idyllic island retreat, a fishing cabin, on 18 acres which he later purchased that year. It was there at the property where he first met the love of his life, Jan. They married Oct. 5, 1985. Many work and Rhody parties later Dave and Jan moved to the island full time where they had and raised their two daughters.

Dave taught special education in the Quilcene School District for 25 years; quietly making a lasting impact on his students, colleagues and community members. He coached thousands of hours of sports for his daughters, teammates, and anyone who asked for help. For Dave, it wasn’t the love of the game, but the teachable moments about life, hard work, dedication, and the value of $7. 

Dave was a loyal and thoughtful friend who always brought a helping hand, a good sense of humor, and fancy dance moves for those he felt most comfortable around.

In 2016, Dave and Jan sold their share of Windermere Port Townsend and purchased their dream boat, the "Coin Toss." They loved being on the water together; navigating local waters often to the San Juan Islands. Dave was also perfectly happy at his home working around the property, garage projects, cutting out the newspaper crossword (before Jan could read it), always learning something new, and enjoying G&Ts on the deck with Jan, his family, and friends.

Dave was always covertly working and thoughtfully planning a way to capture a smile from his loved ones. Whether it was documenting his family lineage, surprising one of his brothers with photos and birthday decorations he saved from a childhood party, or collecting treasures we all now so clearly recognize, Dave was a curator.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Garing and their two daughters; Kylie Garing (George), and Robyn Garing (Tim); and one grandson Cohen. 

An open house celebrating Dave’s life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Marrowstone Vineyards.

As one friend said, it is hard to imagine a world without Dave and while we all must start this new course the family asks in lieu of flowers to consider sending donations to East Jefferson Little League and honoring Dave’s legacy. Donations can be made at any First Security Bank.

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