Gary Bruce Leavitt passed February 1, 2020 due to cancer related illness.
He was born August 31, 1938 in Port Townsend to parents William and Neila (Alexander) Leavitt.
Gary was raised in Quilcene and throughout his life Jefferson County remained his home, stating that it was the most beautiful place in the country.
He was preceded in death by parents William and Neila Leavitt, brother LaMoine Leavitt, sisters LaVerle Leavitt Ackerman and Wanda Leavitt McCone Olin. He is survived by sister Bernice Leavitt Jackson of Davenport, Washington and sister-in law Evelyn (Gaston) Leavitt of Port Townsend, Washington. Gary also leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces whom he loved greatly and shared his life with.
As a young boy, he helped his Dad split fence posts and hop poles and they would haul the truck load to Yakima. Gary also drove logging trucks for Earl Woody, Dick Hughes and Lee Martin. The woods and hard work were a big part of his life.
Gary attended school in Quilcene and at 19 headed to Mason City, Iowa to attend the Reisch World Wide Auctioneering School. After graduation, he pursued a career as an auctioneer. He auctioned at the Quilcene Sale Barn, Enumclaw Livestock Pavilion and Spanaway Auction. Gary loved auctioneering and gave his time to many benefits in his community.
He was drafted in the U.S.Army and served from October 1961 to 1963. He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington in field artillery and a truck driver.
Gary loved singing and dancing to the music of the 1950's. Country music and Rock and Roll were his favorites. He sang on Channel 13 TV country music station along with Chubby Howard, Growler Jackson. Judy Kunemay and Marily Mailin,
Gary loved his chosen profession as an auctioneer and many of his friends and family were able to hear his last auction just two weeks before he passed.
He also loved to travel, stopping anywhere along the way to sing country songs for all to enjoy. Gary lived a colorful life. He will be greatly missed and remembered with much love.
Funeral Services will be held February 15 at noon at the Presbyterian Church in Quilcene, Burial will immediately follow at the Quilcene Cemetery. A reception will be held after.
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