Gary Owen Britt
November 18, 1946 ~ June 10, 2014
Gary Britt passed away at his home in Coos Bay, OR on June 10, 2014, at the age of 67. He was born November 18, 1946, in Wenatchee, WA to Elsie Osborne Britt and Robert Britt. At the age of eight, Gary had the privilege of having Alex Tittle as his father and role model, when Alex married Elsie. During his school years in Waterville, WA, he was surrounded by his large extended family. There were always cousins with whom to scheme with, bike, play ball, swim, skate, ski and hang out. Family gatherings were frequent, since everyone’s birthdays were celebrated together and, of course, holidays as well. Summer found the family enjoying the beloved Little Big Creek Cabin on Lake Chelan. The Marney’s home on the lake was another well-loved spot to enjoy, when Little Big Creek was not an option any longer. Gary loved the lake and his love of fishing no doubt came as the result of family time there.
He was an industrious, hard working young man and always had a job. Delivering newspapers, delivering groceries and eventually being promoted to produce manager at the Waterville Mercantile store were all part of his job resume. Money to buy the speed machines, i.e. motorcycles and cars he loved, was important to him, much to the dismay of his mom. After high school, Gary attended Wenatchee Valley College and received his AA in Forestry Management. He was employed by the Lake Chelan Ranger District during his summers in college and had hoped to be hired permanently after he graduated. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, and Gary applied for a Timber Cruiser Appraiser and Sale Administer position with the Bureau of Land Management in Coos Bay, OR. He was hired and moved to Coos Bay in 1969, and retired from the BLM in 2002. Although Gary was away from his North Central Washington family, he built a wonderful family of friends in Coos Bay over the years. He and his buddies spent many hours golfing, fishing, cutting wood, working on home projects to help each other out and, of course, raising glasses of cheer regularly. Fortunately, many of his buddies’ wives helped keep them all in line.
After Alex died, he was a wonderful son and came back to Waterville in the spring and fall to help Elsie with her dahlias and other yard work. During his retirement years, he developed dahlia fever, too, thanks to Elsie. Gary influenced many of his Coos Bay friends to cultivate dahlias and became the “go-to” guy when his friends had trouble growing them. Gary was a big teddy bear of a man, who had a very generous heart and spirit. It was truly obvious when he spoke of his much loved nieces, Alexis and Kali, as well as his many family members and friends from NCW and Coos Bay. We will cherish the memories and his absence cannot be replaced.
He is survived by his mother, Elsie Tittle; sister and brother-in-law, Val and Leland Fischer; nieces, Alexis Beechinor (Lucas) and Kali Fischer; brothers, Gale Britt (Becky) and Ken Britt (Joni); and many extended family members and friends in NCW and Coos Bay.
Memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made in his name to the Ronald McDonald House in Oregon or Washington, Coos Bay Eagles, or the charity of your choice.