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Gary “Skip” Esteb



Gary Merlin (Skip ) Esteb died at home early on the morning of Nov. 16, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

Skip was born in Goldendale on June 13, 1945. The fifth of six children, he lived most of his life in the Battle Ground and Goldendale area, but also lived in Arizona and California when he was younger. After graduating from Battle Ground High school in 1964 he spent one year in Korea while serving his country in the military and was stationed in Alabama until his discharge. He worked in the family logging business for the first part of his life, raised wheat on the family ranch in Goldendale in his middle years, and operated “Skip’s Mobile Repair” out of his shop in Battle Ground until his death.

He had a gift of being able to trouble shoot the problem and repair or fix almost anything. He was generous with his knowledge and time and would help anyone who might need it.

He most enjoyed his family and friends but also found time to play golf, fish, travel, do crossword puzzles, and repair things that seemed beyond repair.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Issac and Ruby Irene (Sproul) Esteb, brother, Thomas Esteb, and children, Douglas and Rochelle.

He is survived by his four children, Gary Jr. of Portland, Vanae of Battle Ground, and Brandt and Rene, both of Vancouver.

He is also survived by his siblings, Dennis of Arizona, Jerry in New Mexico, Deanna in Kelso, and Orville in Battle Ground. He has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grand kids.

He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.

There will be a celebration of life for Skip at Layne’s funeral Home in Battle Ground on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m.


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