Gary Kendall Thomaier, a long-time Woodinville resident, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019, at age 83. Born on Aug. 13, 1935, Gary was raised and educated in Seattle. He served in the Air Force and was a dance instructor, and an active member in two fire departments. He achieved many firsts at the Bellevue Fire Department as an emergency medical technician, paramedic, EMT coordinator, and mobile medic unit designer. Gary was also was a firefighter, photographer, writer and consultant trainer. He volunteered as a photographer for the Woodinville Fire Department.
Gary loved playing and listening to music, dancing and movies. He enjoyed fishing and had a lifelong interest in trains; especially steam engines.
Gary was the beloved husband of 42 years to Winnifred Wing-Yue Ng-Thomaier, and the loving father of Dan and Nicki (Muirhead) Thomaier. He is survived by five grandchildren and his brothers Lance Scott Thomaier and Galen Kirk Thomaier.
Gary was predeceased by his parents, Helen Irene (Kendall) and Boyd Scott Thomaier and daughter Tyana Thomaier.
A memorial service to remember Gary and celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Maltby Congregational Church, 21111 86th Avenue SE, in Snohomish, Wash.