Gary Wallace Langer
Gary Wallace Langer: August 30, 1948 - December 11, 2020 (age 72). After an unexpected stroke, Gary passed peacefully surrounded by his wife Barbara and sons Mike and Scott by his side.
Gary grew up in Sherwood, Oregon. He met Barbara Peyton soon after graduating from Sherwood High School and they married in 1969. They raised their first son Mike while he put himself through college at Portland State University to become an elementary school teacher.
Gary taught 6th grade in the Sherwood school district for 10 years while simultaneously earning his Master's Degree at PSU. After having their second son, Scott, he moved to the Oregon City School District where he taught 4th through 6th grade at several elementary schools. He retired after teaching another 20 years. His career in both school districts left an impact on hundreds of families as he was a favorite among students and staff alike. He enthusiastically encouraged others and happily celebrated their victories. He talked and laughed with strangers. He teased everyone. Perhaps his greatest qualities of easy laughter and ability to make people feel important are what we will miss the most.
His roles were as varied as his interests. He was a husband to Barbara (for 52 years), dad to Mike and Scott, Poppy to 4 grandkids- Katie, Allie, Luke and Natalie, uncle, brother, father-in-law, and friend were only a few of his many titles. Gary was also a practical joker, a breakfast buddy, a model train and motorcycle enthusiast, and a frequent writer to the Lars Larson show. He loved watching the weather, spending time at their cabin at Crooked River Ranch, daily phone calls and texts to his vast social circle, boating, waterskiing, watching his grandkid's activities, large amounts of ketchup, and he especially relished finding a good sale. Gary's influence cast a wide net while holding deep roots in his community. He spent his career educating others as a fundamental way of strengthening the communities he valued. He left an irreplaceable void but his legacy lies in the lessons he taught both in the classroom and to those who knew our beloved Poppy.
Due to Covid, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Donations can be made on his behalf to Wounded Warriors.