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In Memory of

Gayle Elaine Sandison

September 27, 1953 - April 20, 2017

Obituary


Gayle Elaine (Brouwer) Sandison was born in Tacoma, Washington on September 27, 1953, to her parents Charles and Joyce Brouwer. Gayle grew up in Tacoma. She spent many enjoyable days at her parent's summer home at Hood Point near Seabeck, fishing, swimming, clamming, and playing with her sister and friends. She attended Clover Park High School in Lakewood, graduating from there in 1972. After graduation, she went to work for the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department working in both clerical and computer programming roles. While at the health department she...

Gayle Elaine (Brouwer) Sandison was born in Tacoma, Washington on September 27, 1953, to her parents Charles and Joyce Brouwer. Gayle grew up in Tacoma. She spent many enjoyable days at her parent's summer home at Hood Point near Seabeck, fishing, swimming, clamming, and playing with her sister and friends. She attended Clover Park High School in Lakewood, graduating from there in 1972. After graduation, she went to work for the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department working in both clerical and computer programming roles. While at the health department she developed many long-lasting friendships with co-workers. In 1980, she married Derek Sandison, who also was employed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and they remained married for the next 36 years.

Gayle and Derek lived in South Tacoma. In 1981, they developed a second residence on the Yakima River in upper Kittitas County. At "The River," as they called it, Gayle and Derek hosted many friends and family. Floating the river and hiking or snowshoeing the extensive forested area near the residence was their favorite pastimes. Having the second residence also provided Gayle the opportunity to spend time with her dogs to whom she referred to as her "children." In 1987 Gayle accepted the position of District Clerk at the Snoqualmie Pass Sewer and Water (Utility) District, a position in which she served for 29 years.

While at the Utility District, Gayle enjoyed the new friendships she developed with her co-workers. Gayle and Derek moved to the Yakima River property constructing a new home there in 1989. In 2000, Gayle decided to pursue her dream of owning a horse ranch and she and Derek built a new home near Thorp. They spent years improving the existing barn and property bringing in irrigation, installing fencing, and constructing gated pens. As soon as the first pen was completed, Gayle purchased her first horse, Shadow. Gayle learned to ride on Shadow and soon added four additional horse to the fold, as well as more dogs and cats. She took great pride in naming her property the Lucky 5 Ranch. Raising, training, and riding horses brought great joy to Gayle. With her new home situated in close proximity to the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, she spent as much time as she could, riding the many trails within the wildlife area.

Over time, she developed a great circle of friends who loved to ride the trails with her and pitch-in running the ranch. Gayle retired from the Snoqulamie Pass Utility District in mid-2016 to allow her more time to ride horses and to be with her dogs and cats. Regrettably, Gayle passed away on April 20, 2017, from injuries associated with an accidental fall. Her passing reminds us of how fickle and how short life is. Her friends and family all love her and will greatly miss her kindness, her generosity, and her gentle nature. Gayle is survived by her sister Brenda Mackinnon of Hood Point and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Meadowbrook Farm Interactive Center, 1711 Boalch Avenue NE, North Bend WA 98045 at 1:00pm on June 11, 2017. Donations may be sent to: Rodeo City Equine Rescue, 290 Buffalo Lane, Ellensburg, WA 98926.