Obituary of Everett Gary Allison
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Everett Gary Allison, known to his friends as Gary, was born in Seattle, Washington on December 17, 1942. He was the eldest son of Everett and Bessie Allison. Gary grew up in both Seattle and Portland, Oregon and graduated from Madison High School in Portland in 1961. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. Gary played football, ran track, and wrestled during high school and played football in college. He also briefly served in the army. Gary was a dreamer and an entrepreneur who started and ran many small businesses during his life. For many years he was a contractor in both Oregon and Hawaii, but his real passion was farming. He made his home in Hopewell, Oregon for many years as a dairy farmer and later as a hazelnut grower. After leaving the Hopewell area he ranched in Ritzville, Washington and then settled on a small farm in Centerville, Washington. He passed away at his farm in Centerville while out checking on his beloved cows on May 11, 2022. Gary was also passionate about politics and loved history. He enjoyed historical novels about farming and ranching as well as watching historical documentaries. He enjoyed visiting historical locations and learning about the history of the places he lived. He often expressed he was meant to live in a previous era and had been born 100 years too late. Gary enjoyed many long-standing friendships and was a friend to everyone he met. Gary was a devoted father and grandfather who spent much of his time attending family events, coaching and cheering his kids, and advising them on all aspects of life. He is survived by his children April (Tinitale) Makalea, Amy (Jeffrey) Yates, and Rory (Toscha) Allison, his brother Mike (Mary) Allison, his grandchildren Noa and Zeke Allison, Keala Yates, Alyssa Chase, and four great grandchildren. Interment was at Hopewell Cemetery in rural Yamhill County, Oregon. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2022, at noon in Carson, Washington at Carson Bible Church.