Gary Cain

He was joyful and optimistic right to the end.

Gary Cain left this world on Monday, January 22nd. He lived his 79 years to the absolute fullest and enjoyed every moment thoroughly to the envy of those half his age. He remarkably, astonishingly, kept stage 4 lung cancer at bay for over three years. He was joyful and optimistic right to the end.

Gary was born on October 3, 1944, in Tacoma Washington to Elmo Cain and Shirley Dybdahl. Gary was the eldest of six children. He attended Puyallup High School where he excelled in math. After graduation he attended the University of Washington. It was at the UW bookstore that Gary met Barbara Bursmith. He was immediately smitten. They were married in September of 1964.

As newlyweds, Gary and Barbara joined the Mormon church. They became devoted members.Together they had seven children. After the birth of their fifth child, they moved from Burien to idyllic Vashon Island. Gary worked as a loan officer for most of his career for New York Life, Great Western and Washington Mutual. Gary loved spending time with his family; whether that meant on road trips to theme parks, countless camping trips, or just playing in the backyard on the trampoline or pushing kids and neighbors on the rope swing.

In 2008, his wife Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. Gary lovingly cared for her until her passing in 2011. They were married for 47 years.

In 2012, Gary met Jan Ryan. They married in 2013 and spent 11 adventure-filled years together. He was able to live out his dream of serving three senior missions for his church, one of which brought him to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii. The great joy of his life was meeting new people.

He will be missed every day by his seven children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. And by every person he ever helped, selflessly, with anything and everything.