Ky Brennan Metsker was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, on January 3, 1987, to Margi Metsker and Ty Metsker. He passed away peacefully at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on June 25, 2021, at the age of 34.
Ky moved to Goldendale from Gig Harbor, Washington, in 1994 with his mother and sister, Amy. He attended Goldendale schools until the age of 14 when he went to live with his father in Seattle. He studied general subjects during his time at Chief Seattle High School and played varsity tennis, swimming, and cross country.
Ky was the president of Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), putting in over 90 hours of community service traveling to middle schools to give Straight Facts about tobacco use in minors. He was also a member of the debate team and was a Peer Mediator in 11th and 12th grades.
Ky was a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, where he hosted a youth forum for West Seattle and a town hall event that same year.
During his high school years, Ky was a Young Men’s Division Group Leader for the West Seattle area of the Soka Gakkai International. He also attended weekly meetings of “Undoing Racism” and the Gay and Straight Alliance (GSA) and did activities with students from other schools.
Ky traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for three weeks with “Global Visionaries,” taking part in a work-study program. In the mornings he was taught at the Spanish school, La Union, and in the afternoons he participated in “Common Hope,” building a community center for children and Hermano Pedro Hospital, which takes care of babies with cleft palates.
Ky went on after graduating to attend Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He received grants and scholarships from Multi-Cultural Achievement Programs (MAP) and Dining Services in 2006.
He graduated from Western Washington University in 2011 with a BA in Holistic Health, Somatic Psychology, Physical Well Being, and Cultural Studies as well as a BA in Philosophy.
Ky had many varied interests and was in the process of moving back to Bellingham to return to studies. He had been employed by Whatcom Electric Co., Enterprise Leasing, and Robinson Communications as well as Ross, Applebee’s, and Olive Garden. His favorite was waiting tables and helping people.
Ky was an amazing singer. Music was his passion. He was very honored to be able to sing with Josh Groban at the Paramount Theater in Seattle and again later in the year at The White River Amphitheater with his Honor Choir Group. He did what made him happy, going on nature adventures whenever he could and skiing and snowboarding.
Ky had many amazing family friends. As his sister said, “Ky was kind; he was caring. He loved fiercely. He was hilarious and loved to laugh. He was incredibly brilliant. He was good to everyone he knew. He was such a great big brother and son, always protecting us and always demonstrating his love for us. He was a free spirit, barefoot and shirtless, soaking up the sun”.
Ky is survived by his mother, Margi Tommila of Goldendale, his sister Amy Fulton of Groesberg, Texas, and his father Ty Metsker of Seattle, and also many aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he adored.
Ky will be beyond greatly missed. He lives on in all of us who knew him and loved him.
Fly High, Sky High, Ky Guy. In Heaven may all your dreams come true.
A service will be held in his honor on Saturday, August 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ekone Park on North Wilber Road in Goldendale.