By Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, April 10, 2020.
Overnight dozens of Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies lined their vehicles around the perimeter of the Snohomish County Jail to honor Corrections Deputy Gary Ellis, who passed away on Thursday, April 9th, at his home in Everett.
Gary passed away at the age of 59-years-old after serving nearly two decades with the Sheriff’s Office. He retired as a Navy Chief before joining our organization and also served as a Reserve Lieutenant with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
He is survived by his four children, Jason, Dawn, Christina, and Gary Jr., his mother, Mary, his sister, Denise, eight grandchildren, and his former spouse, Eufemia.
“Deputy Gary Ellis was a beloved member of the Corrections Bureau of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Adam Fortney. “In addition to serving Snohomish County for over 20 years, he also served his country in the U.S. Navy where he retired as a Chief. He clearly lived a life of service to our community and country."
Fortney added, "While we all mourn his passing, last night’s show of support was a reminder to over 800 employees of the Sheriff’s Office that we are a family, and we will stand together and support one another, during good times and bad. May Deputy Ellis rest in peace.”
Whether he was helping an inmate or a co-worker, Gary was dedicated to his profession and serving our community. He made a forever impact on our agency and the residents of Snohomish County. He will be greatly missed.
Our hearts and prayers are with Gary’s family, friends, co-workers, and loved ones during this difficult time.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner determined Gary died of complications of lung cancer.