What a good man.
Gregory James Gavett
  • 55 years old
  • Date of birth: May 9, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    North Dakota, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 8, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Washington, United States
"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." ~William Shakespeare

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gregory James Gavett.  We will remember him forever. Greg was a man who was full of life and laughter. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father to Macee, Lauren and Ashley.  He was very loved by his mom LaVonne and his dad Jim. His brother Mark, sisters Cindy and Michelle were all best friends and had a strong bond. He was very involved in his nieces and nephews lives. He had a big heart and used his gift of laughter to help many. There will never be a day where he won't be thought of and missed.  So, no goodbyes, just see you later.  Until we meet again, we love you Greg. 

"Let the memory of Greg be with us forever and let his strength and love of life inspire us every day.  I invite you to keep Greg's memory alive by sharing your happy thoughts and stories of him here.  They will be enjoyed and cherished by many as a way of remembering all the good he brought to our lives.  Thank you so much!" 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gary Sunderland on 8th October 2016

"Dear Greg,
I just wanted to say on this anniversary day for you and of course for us that I do think of you often, I might not always say it but some things are just meant for the person thinking. You left me with a beautiful memory, the week end we spent at the beach. Your mother and I knew you were sick, but you were so strong and still managed to laugh and joke which was always your strong suit. Well anyway I found a poem that I want to share…Now of course I’m not smart enough to come up with something like this but if I was this would be one of them.

I thought of you today,
But that’s nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name.
All I have is memories
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake
From which I’ll never part.
God has you in his arms
I have you in my heart.

Greg, we all miss you and I’m sure we will laugh again.
Gary Sunderland"

This tribute was added by David Diedrich on 8th October 2016

"Greg,  I really miss you, I think about you all the time especially when ever I am cooking.  You would have loved the tri-tips we did on the smoker last night.  Wish you could still call and catch up on the latest stuff and share your best stuff.  I am still hooked on triple D and know you would love some of the new stuff Guy is doing."

This tribute was added by Macee Gavett on 9th May 2016

"Happy birthday daddy!! Wishing we could celebrate with some good "grubbage" as you would say. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. So today we celebrate YOU and all the love, laughter and memories you gave us. You are loved by so many, especially me.
Thanks for shining down on us today.
❤️"

This tribute was added by DANA ROSEMUS on 9th May 2016

"Greg, I know on a day like today you are out riding the Harley with the wind in your face and what to barbecue on your mind. We will all be riding alongside you soon enough but until then I love and miss you. Happy Birthday big brother."

This tribute was added by Emilee Kelly on 9th May 2016

"your birthday is here but you arent :( i'd send a gift but i know i cant, so ill make a wish upon a star to carry my love where you are. i wish so bad we could visit today. i wish you could come to california and try all the food on fisherman's wharf, critiquing it and smiling...or come golfing with me at pebble. or meet tug and meet everyone i work with. i would be so proud to introduce you. i always felt special to be around you. i wish so bad you could sit on the beach with me and dig your toes in the sand. i know you'd take it all in. you always embraced everything you did. full throttle with any hobby or place you went. i wish you got to go travel more places that you wanted. i wish you didnt get sick- it doesnt even feel real that i cant talk to you. i miss you so much greg and cannot believe youre gone. i wish you were here so i could call you on the phone. i love you, you were an amazing uncle and a remarkable person. i have your number saved in my phone forever. i cant imagine what its like in heaven on your birthday, but i know you deserve a party! may the angels sing the most joyous happy birthday song for you."

This tribute was added by JoAnn Keyes Gulbranson on 9th May 2016

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG,U HAVE SO MENY PEOPLE UP THERE THAT LOVE U  AND ARE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! AND DOWN HERE TO!!! I HEARD A LITTLE THUNDER THAT MUST OF BEEN THE 2 GRANDMAS RUNNING AFTER U TO GIVE U A BIRTHDAY KISS!!!! WELL HON HERE IS MY KISS TO YOU, U ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN,  LOVE YOUXXXXXX00000000"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Cornelio on 9th May 2016

"Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Birthday Greg.  May the angels sing you the most joyous chorus of "Happy Birthday" today."

This tribute was added by Bob Jacobs on 9th May 2016

"Happy Birthday.  Greg.  !!!!!   Miss you buddy !!!!"

This tribute was added by Evan Gavett on 23rd March 2016

"I love you uncle Greg! Thank you for watching over me.
Until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Stephanie cruz on 8th October 2015

"To the Gavett Family;
Just wanted to stop by and light a candle for Greg and you all.  Your all in my heart and my prayers today and always.  I know when Greg got his wings, that he took each and everyone of you under them, to shelter and love.  Please know I am thinking of you all."

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 1st October 2015

"We were so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We only just met him when he stopped by our house to ask about possibly getting a sample of our house color which he liked. What a great guy ! We sure enjoyed meeting him , Jim Lowers"

This tribute was added by David Diedrich on 26th September 2015

"Greg,  it took way to long for me to get this here, but better late than never.  It was a beautiful day today for your memorial and Mark did the family proud once again by putting into words and prayers what most of us could not get thru.  I hope this will bring everyone peace.

I really miss you, as there are constant triggers that remind me of the special relationship we had.  It usually involves cooking or someone that has a passsion for something or something as simple as a tv show that I know you would like.  Many testimonials here have scratched the surface of the special person you were to them and I could go on forever, but I will try to capture it as briefly as I can.  From the first memory I have of meeting the Gavett family, you were like an ambassador for the family.  Everyone in the family has always been great and I love everyone, but I still remember the first Thanksgiving at our house and the tradition that follows.  You were able to make me feel like we had been friends for years in a very short time.  It is a gift.  Every time I cook outside I think about you, I loved your phone calls and text about cooking etc.  I will always cherish the memory of the tooth pick meat we made at your house, the fried chicken we pulled off, the numerous supper clubs, and the day we raised the Diamond D ranch sign.  You were so sick, but wanted it up there so bad you just pushed thru.  There are countless other family gatherings I could detail and you helped make them all special.

For you, we will all continue.  I know with out any doubt you would want us to push thru and pursue life, even though it will be hard to with you not there.  I have never know anyone who had such a passion for life, you made everything special and experienced more than most even though your time with us was cut short.  Love, David"

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 24th September 2015

"Very sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I worked with Greg for many years. He was an excellent Store Director, and a fine individual. John Brown-Retired."

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 24th September 2015

"To the Gavett family:
I was so sorry to hear about Greg's passing. I fondly remember him and the whole family from our days on Knott Street. Please accept my sympathy.
Carol Kolibaba Nieman"

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 24th September 2015

"I am deeply saddened when I heard about the passing of Greg.
I worked for Fred's for almost 20 years, Our paths crossed many times, I was honored to have set up his bachelor party in Vancouver, I wish I had known earlier, would have loved to attend his services, heart goes out to his entire family..God bless
~  Les Parker"

This tribute was added by Craig Allen on 28th July 2015

"I talk to and think of Greg every day. Greg and I were friends for over 37 years, I thought of him as much a big brother as a best friend. Greg and I did everything together in our teens and early twenties. Much of what we did is not appropriate reading as Greg was very much a ladies man when he was single. Something I will say is when he had his first child (Macee), everything changed. Greg loved his daughter so much his whole way of thinking about life changed. Now it was all about his new daughter, and I know he loved her as much as anything he could of ever imagined.  
Unfortunately his first marriage didn't work out as he would have liked,  but he was a big enough man to stay friends with Lisa. I am very proud of him for that.

Over the following years we didn't get together as much as we should,  (weddings and in frequent bbq's mostly) but there was no doubt of our friendship. We talked on the phone most mornings on our commute.  And also no doubt our families loved each other. Felicia, Lauren, and Ashley will always be very close to mine and my families hearts. Greg, love you and miss you always."

This tribute was added by JoAnn Keyes Gulbranson on 30th May 2015

"Greg,this is your aunt Ginger, and also your GodMother. I remember when u were born, i told everyone i was an aunt !!!  i was at your house everyday with your Mom helping her and holding u, than u all moved and u grew up, into a fine man and had a family of your own, i would visit u all and we would all get together and have a bbq, and lots of laughs even at Ron& CeCe house. or Cindy;s it was always so mich fun!!  I was at the hospital holding you and i will never forget I laid down beside u and we watched a movie i will always treasure that time with u Greg, when i come up there i will hold u there to,love u so much hon"

This tribute was added by Dennis Hipes on 10th May 2015

"First of all I'm a little embarrassed this has taken me so long, for that i am so sorry. I was fortunate enough to be a part of Greg's life and not only that the entire Gavett family. I saw Greg at his best i know this because he told me so. Greg was a man that you never had to wonder what was on his mind...if you were lucky enough to be a friend of Gregs you quickly discovered what a HUGE heart Greg actually had. I remember once we were in line at Fred Meyer's and a lady didn't have enough money to pay for her groceries...it wasn't much but Greg said  I'll take care of that for her...and made some kind of joke or something to make her feel that it was ok. Greg was also incredibly dedicated to his family...No matter what ! He loved them without any prejudice, even at times when they didn't see eye to eye. Even though I hadn't seen Greg in the past few years, I'll never forget his laugh and vigor for life. Rest easy my friend."

This tribute was added by Evan Gavett on 9th May 2015

"Happy birthday Uncle Greg !! I hope you are barbequing for everyone in heaven just as you did when you were with us. Not a day goes by where you don't cross my mind at some point. Today is your day, and I hope you are having the time of your life (: Until we meet again, I love you uncle greg ."

This tribute was added by Sandy Gavett on 9th May 2015

"Remembering Greg today… his 56th birthday. What a special man he was. Greg made me feel welcome from the first time I met him. I loved his laugh, it was so contagious! I know that he is smiling down on us all. Wanting us to remember him with joy, not pain. And to take comfort in the knowledge that he is well, amazingly well. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Greg. I know that one day we will all be reunited."

This tribute was added by Gary Sunderland on 9th May 2015

"Hey Greg I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. I know you loved fishing and thought I would share one of my fish that I caught here in Florida. Of course you already know that. I know I will see you again...God willing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!"

This tribute was added by Stephanie cruz on 9th May 2015

"I've thought over and over what I wanted to say to you today, this special day for you, your birthday!  First let me say it's a privilege to wish you a very special Happy 56th Birthday Greg!   This morning, the sun came out, the sky turned blue as the trees sway in harmony, as to all wish you well on your day.  I'm sure your looking down on your loved ones and friends today, smiling as they all celebrate your Birthday with you, all in their own special way.  So enjoy your many wishes and know you are missed by many and forgotten by none!  Happy Birthday to you Greg"

This tribute was added by Michael D on 14th February 2015

"I didn't personally know Mr Gavette you have my deepest sympathy. But I do know the pain of losing someone in death at a young age. Especially since his close to my age. I hope that these few words can comfort you the same way they brought comfort to me. The promise that God has made to us in the bible at John 5:28, 29. That hope is what keeps me going from day to day. I hope it can bring comfort to your family and friends. I am truly sorry that you had to experience the sting that death brings."

This tribute was added by Scott Jacobs on 13th February 2015

"I had the pleasure of meeting Greg some years back while we were at Hollywood West. We became friends as we had a lot in common including Motorcycles and cars, My wife and I went to Vegas with Greg and Felicia and was one of the more memorable times together. When we got home, Greg called me and was ready to plan another Vacation. I wish we could have had the opportunity to do it again. I miss you my friend, Scott."

This tribute was added by Roger Heiden on 13th February 2015

"I have known Greg for over 20 years and had a close relationship for the past 10 years.  We both worked at Fred Meyer and talked on a daily basis right up untill he became critically ill. We had so much in common such as FOOD! we both loved to talk about what we were doing for dinner that night and Greg always reported the next day that what he prepared was fantastic!  We would meet for lunch at Skippers about every other month because he loved skippers.   I will really miss conversations we had as we have very similar outlooks on work, family and interests.  We were able to go fishing together quite a few times over the past few years and always had a great time.  Greg and I had tried to plan a vacation with our spouses together to Mexico for the past 3 years.  It just did not work out because of health concerns.  I know that I will toast Greg this year when I vacation there,  here's to my buddy!"

This tribute was added by Bob Jacobs on 12th February 2015

"I have been blessed to know Greg for over 30 years. We had so many epic adventures as young men. I remember water skiing at Promatory in the family boat and cruising in old school muscle cars. We traveled to the sunny beaches of Hawaii and played football on the muddy football field at Madison high school. One thing was for sure we always had fun and lots of laughs. Then as time moved forward we became husbands to our wives and fathers to our children. Our lives had changed but the bond we shared as young men still remained. I will miss stopping by Fred Meyer and talking to Greg and those occasions when we could get together for a laugh or two. Greg had a heart of solid gold and I will truly miss him but I will never forget him."

This tribute was added by Wendi Wagner Minor on 9th February 2015

"I remember Greg being a typical big brother. Or so I thought. I quickly noticed he was more than that. He looked after her and he protected her. He teased her and razzed her like brothers do, but I noticed it was with such love and endearment. I envied this so much but felt lucky to be a part of it. I know the loss this is to Michelle. But I also know, Greg would want her to find joy in life and continue to work hard and continue to be funny and be the person he taught her to be! Together, as best friends, we each have a big brother who just happens to be our Gaurdian Angel as well..."

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 6th February 2015

"“ To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”– Clara Ortega"

This tribute was added by Dave Morris on 6th February 2015

"I had the privilege of meeting Greg in late summer of 2014.  I have know his brother Mark for many years.  In my first meeting with Greg we talked about a lot, from food - which we both had a real flavor for, to sports, to family, to work... we covered a wide spectrum in a short order... As inspiring as all of our conversation was (and subsequent conversations on many visits), I believe the most inspiring conversation Greg and I shared was that of spiritual things.  Greg and I talked about God, who He is and His desire for relationship with man... It was an honor to talk about both religion, and our upbringings, to navigating beyond religion to the simplicity of what it means to have a relationship with the True and Living God through Jesus Christ His son... In our conversation Greg shared his faith with me and expressed his faith in God through Jesus Christ his savior... He shared how he was believing the Bible and the promise of "all who call upon the Lord shall be saved"... I remember praying with him in the hospital, with family around in the room as he confirmed his faith in conversation with our Heavenly Father... What an amazing moment to have had the pleasure and honor of being a part.

In the short time that I got to know Greg, our friendship went deep... it was real, authentic and truly a blessing to me.  To have been brought in close to an amazing family during the most difficult of times, to see their love and their passion for both life and one another, is a testament of what family is really about - another testament of who Greg was.  

I am blessed to have know such a great man (and family).  So many others have history and life with him, and I thank you that I have had the opportunity to know more of Greg through your stories, thank you for the richness of life, in your stories!

Today, I am continuing to pray for all of his immediate family members, extended family and the family of friends he was so near and dear too... Thank you Lord Jesus for the life and testimony of Greg Gavett."

This tribute was added by Stephanie Cornelio on 30th January 2015

"One of the greatest guys I never met is Greg Gavett.  Even though I never physically met him, I knew his story.  You see I have the privilege of knowing and working next to his sister, Michelle.  I feel like I have known him all my life with all of the story’s I've heard from her.  Then, the day came that I finally met him…  That day was at his Celebration of Life.  For the first time I truly met him.  I got to hear many of stories from the many friends and co-workers of his, even his family.  I watched a time-line of his life and who he was.  He was not just my friend’s brother anymore; he was a Dad, a friend, a co-worker an inspiration to many and a true Hero to all.  Our lives have all been blessed in many different ways by Greg.  So I am blessed to have “known” him.  Rest in peace Greg, and know that your thought about each and every day!"

This tribute was added by J.R. Oleyar on 30th January 2015

"Michelle, you're a great sister and I know that Greg is looking down at you right now proud of who you are.  Keep his memories close and live life like he would want you to."


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