Gary Downing 1967 – 2017

Gray Argene Downing passed away on Monday, August 21, at the age of 49.

He was born in Dillon, and attended Mead High School in Spokane, Washington, where he enjoyed being the quarterback of the football team and throwing the javelin in track. He graduated from Washington State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and moved to Los Angeles, where he started a sales career with Evergreen Aviation.

After traveling the world, he moved to Tigard, Oregon, and began a career with Bankers Life and Casualty, where he remained until he had to retire in 2013 due to complications of ALS. Gary was awarded the Rookie Sales Agent of the Year for Bankers. He quickly moved up into management and served as a top branch manager, a regional director, an executive council member and the go-to-guy for sales training videos and conferences.

Gary was an avid elk hunter, fisherman and golfer, with a quick wit and infectious laugh. He was known for his innertube rides on the lake, his skill at grilling steaks and Brussels sprouts, and his passion for tailgating.

Gary is survived by: his wife, Kristen (Zemek); four daughters—Megan, Jenna, Kaitlyn and Ally; parents Ken and Terri Downing; sisters Jolene Downing (Michelle) and Lynn Stapleton (Brian); and brother Troy Downing.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 31 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at