Gary Crosby, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014, with family at his side. He was born in Seattle on September 11, 1942, to Ervin and Pearl Crosby. He graduated from Edmonds High in 1961, and went to work in retail. In 1966 he joined the Elevator Constructors Local 19, during his years in the elevator trade he had worked for Western, Alaska Pacific, U.S. Elevator, and Schindler. From 1987 to 1992 he had his own company BJ Elevator in Grand Coulee, where he had the government contract for the dam. In 1987 he was a city counsel member in Elmer City and became mayor from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, he moved to Spokane and was working for Schindler Elevator when he retired in January 2005.
Gary was a man of many talents. From 1967 to 1969, he worked on building a one-man sub with his brother Erv. It was a great success with them working for the Coast Guard doing salvage in Pudget Sound. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and traveling in his motor home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ervin Crosby.
He is survived by his wife Lisa Crosby, sons: Doug Crosby and Darin (Gina) Crosby; stepsons: Matthew Long and Joseph Cleppe; stepdaughter Amber Chapman; grandchildren: Chandra, Carrie, Chris, and Damon; great-granddaughter Aariya; brother Gil (Val) Crosby, sister-in-law Gail Crosby, Lenna (Arthur) King, brother-in-law Roger Bailey, father-in-law Leland Bailey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Viewing will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224, on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 3-4 p.m.. A Funeral Service will follow at 4 p.m.