March 7, 1953 — Jan. 29, 2019
Paul Lee Gardner, born March 7, 1953, in Longview to Floyd and Merelyn Gardner died Jan. 29, 2019, due to complications related to Parkinson’s disease in his home.
Paul was preceded in death by a sister, Marva. He is survived by his wife, Suzy; a daughter, Sarah; a son, Andrew; a brother, Harry; a sister-in-law, Diane; four nieces, Michelle, Marci, Daisy and Molly; and “nephews in love,” John and Joe.
He was a 1971 graduate of Toutle Lake High School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Washington University with a degree in political science and history. Once he obtained his bachelor’s degree, he volunteered for the Peace Corps. He taught individuals living in an underdeveloped county to be self-sustainable. He taught them skills in ranching, raising cattle, and farming. He used his education as a gift to others. He wanted love to be his highest goal, and this was one way he could love others, by serving and giving.
He met his wife in the Peace Corps in Malaysia. In the states Paul worked at Cascade Natural Gas. He was often recognized for his dedication, drive, and amazing work ethic. In his free time, Paul very much enjoyed hiking, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was a man who laughed from the bottom of his belly on hikes with his family and friends.
A graveside memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at Silver Lake Cemetery, followed by a celebration of Paul’s life at Amber and Joe Gardner’s home.