Gary L. Sund
Gary Lee Sund, 72, a prominent Clallam County attorney and part-time judge, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Olympic Medical Center.
Gary was born Dec. 22, 1941, in Seattle to William Junior and Mavis Jeanette (Sater) Sund. Gary first resided in Conway and attended elementary school there before the family moved to Quincy when he was in the fourth grade. He attended Quincy schools until his junior year, when the family moved to Stanwood, where he attended Stanwood High School. The family then returned to Quincy, where he graduated in 1960. While in high school, he excelled in basketball and football.
Gary attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he majored in political science, and graduated in 1964. In his senior year at PLU, he was vice president of the student body. After graduation, he worked for Burlington Northern Railway in public relations and later worked for the State of Oregon under Gov. Tom McCall and the City of Portland. While working full time, Gary attended night classes at Lewis & Clark College Law School, graduating in 1974 with his Juris Doctorate. In 1975 he moved to the Sequim area, where he established his first law firm in Dungeness. In the early 1980s Gary joined up with Brent Normoyle in a law partnership with offices in Dungeness and Sequim.
Gary had diverse interests, from fishing and camping to coaching a women’s softball team to fervently supporting the Mariners and Seahawks and to gambling at the horse races. In his later years he took pride in his small (and typically orderly) vegetable garden.
In 2002 he married Denice Irish. All who knew Gary thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.
Gary loved his role as “Commish” of the annual NCAA basketball pool and as a participant in a fantasy football league.
He will be sorely missed by his family, his hundreds of friends and his former clients. He was a one of a kind.
Gary is survived by his wife, Denice Irish; three daughters, Michele Kelly and husband Trent of Olympia, Linette Wilson and husband Thomas Lachman, and Chanel Schwartz of Seattle; and his son, Jared Wilson and wife Kharren of Olympia; grandchildren Liam and Sophia Kelly and Nicole Wilson; three brothers, Bill Sund and wife Pam of Quincy, Tom Sund of Yakima and Jim Sund and wife Judy of Yakima; and sister Mary Beth Wright and husband Jim of Yakima. Also surviving is an aunt, Shirley Triber of Roseburg, Ore., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Zerah Irish (Schwartz), in 2006.
An Affirmation of Gary’s faith will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St. in Sequim, with U.S. Air Force Military provided by McChord AFB.
A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Dec. 20 at the 7 Cedars Casino Club 7 Room.