Gareth Alden Grube, age 73, passed away on June 23, 2018 in Everett, Washington after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. “Papa” is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara, son Joseph (Martine) Grube, daughter Jennifer (Chris) Beatty, grandchildren Jacob and Dylan Grube and Dashiell and Emmaline Beatty, brothers David (Lynn) Grube and Michael (Melanie) Grube, and sister Kathleen Grube. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Jean Grube.
In 1962, Gareth graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. He then graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a degree in civil engineering. He earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering from UAF before joining the United States Navy as an officer in 1968, serving until 1972, including a tour in Vietnam.
Gareth’s professional engineering career was dedicated to protecting the rivers, lakes, and other waters of the Puget Sound for the safety of drinking water and the conservation of salmon.
He is considered one of the founders of the City of Woodinville, and served the city in many formal and informal roles, including as a council member from 2001 through 2003.
In his retirement, he finally purchased his dream car - an El Camino. He and Barbara spent their adult adventure together enjoying their many friends and family, laughing, loving, being silly, singing, sharing music, dancing, and traveling the world.
A celebration of Gareth’s life will be held on July 29th at the Sammamish Valley Grange in Woodinville beginning at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
He gave our world 73 years. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to give 73 minutes of kindness to a friend or stranger in his honor and memory.