Obituaries & Tributes

Gary Marx Kuykendall

date of birth July 11 1941

date of death June 26 2020

Gary Marx Kuykendall, 78, of Canby, Oregon, died peacefully with his family at his side after a long battle with cancer on Friday, June 26, 2020. Gary was born July 11, 1941, in Eager, Arizona.

Beloved husband of Margaret Gay (Oliver) for 52 wonderful years. Loving father of Gregory (Jill) and dear Baba of Aidan (15) and Makayla (12). Gary is preceded in death by his wonderful parents, Marx Paul and Norma Lee (Whale) Kuykendall. Gary is survived by many loving family members, remarkable friends and neighbors, and colleagues.

As a child, Gary attended schools in Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho before graduating from Mt. Vernon High School in eastern Oregon in 1959. He grew up in a very close-knit extended family environment, including lots of humor, help, and respect. Gary was the first in his immediate family to attend high school, a true accomplishment. He went on to Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, Oregon, where he played basketball from 1959-1963 and graduated with a degree in general studies.

Gary’s wonderful sense of humor and willingness to help others made him an exceptional teacher and coach. He never considered what he did to be a job, it was more something he always enjoyed doing. Gary talked tender-heartedly about his students until his last days. He taught high school in Long Creek, Oregon from 1963-1968. After moving to Canby, Oregon, he taught junior high school in North Clackamas School District from 1968-1997. Gary enjoyed traveling to Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, and Williamsburg educating students on American history every summer from 1987-1997.

Gary was a devoted husband. He and Gay married at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Canyon City, Oregon on August 12, 1967. They traveled consistently and enjoyed regular trips together to Los Cabos, Mexico, the Oregon Coast, Eastern Oregon and in later years to Arizona to watch Spring Training (he especially enjoyed watching his Dodgers). He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his wife’s volunteerism. Gary excelled at being a dad and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his only son, Greg, fishing and camping along the Crooked River, hunting in Eastern Oregon, and traveling to Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, and Mexico together. He was a true prankster and jokester, a funny, loyal, and good man with a big heart. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, you’d be an instant friend. He’d show you photos for hours and just when you thought he was done with the physical prints, he’d pull out his phone and show you more. He loved being a grandpa more than anything in the world and was always so tender and fun with his grandchildren. Gary was always willing to go watch their sports games, challenge them in family games, read a bedtime story (which he loved to “mess up”), and lend a caring and supportive ear.

A Memorial Service will be held for immediate family members on Thursday, July 2nd at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at

~ Lovingly written by the family

23 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Sonja Slater You were a great teacher and a great man. Thanks for your smile and your love of teaching

Candle lit by Scott & Teresa Sasse May peace be with you.

Candle lit by Lisa Whitling Gary was a wonderful caring teacher. He remained influential thru my life.

Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Marilyn bartlett SORRY for your loss he was an amazing teacher

Candle lit by Dave, Jennifer, Kara & Michael Headley Gay, Greg and Jill, Aidan and Makayla, From our family to yours, I hope you all know how much you have meant to us over the years. We have been reminiscing some fun memories of the trips our families have taken. Remember when we went to Sun River and Gary had his very own “Pooh” room?! Omygosh that was so funny! Also, the family cruise we took in August of 2016. We shared many laughs and adventures that week! It’s been truly an honor to know Gary, who also showed us nothing but kindness. Please know we are here for your family. Also know that we would really have liked to visit this week and have gone to a funeral service for Gary, if times were different. Condolences and love, Dave, Jen, Kara & Mikey ❤️

Candle lit by Steve Gutendorf In the two short years I knew Mr.K. He made a life long impression on me of a caring person who examples a sincere desire to grow the best in all of his students. With enthusiasm and encouragement he helped us all achieve so much. He was truly gifted as an educator and as a loving human being. I was blessed to see him a few times in the last few years but it wasn’t enough. I will remember him until we meet again.

Candle lit by Ron Brune Rest In Peace my friend.

Candle lit by Terry & John Thunell Your family was in our thoughts and prayers today. Gary was an amazing teacher and coach and loved by everyone. We shared July birthdays and August anniversaries of the same year!

Candle lit by Ed and Terri Taber Gay and family, We are so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. Gary was Ed’s coach at Long Creek for three years and a friend of us both since that time. We will never forget his sense of humor and that little grin he would get on his face when he knew he “gotcha”. Gay, you were the best thing that ever happened to Gary and we just wanted you to know that we loved him and will miss him. All of our love to you and your family.

Candle lit by Brenda Hargrave my heart goes out to your family and friends. The world lost an amazing man. Thank you for being my teacher

Candle lit by Jim and Cheryl Kendall Our sincere condolences to the Kuykendall family. Gary was such a good and funny man who loved his family to pieces!

Candle lit by Bev Doolittle He had the kindest heart. Always willing to help. He will be missed.

Candle lit by Sheila (Beggs) Hoover I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of my favorite teachers and his lessons have shaped the way I look at the world.

Candle lit by Pat Negus McClintock I went to school with Gary in Mt. Vernon and always thought he was a cool guy. I loved that laugh and the twinkle in his eye. I know, too, that he was a good friend of my brother Mike...Love and condolences to Gay and family.

Candle lit by Tina The greatest teacher and individual I have ever known. Rip

Candle lit by Gayle Reid Prayers go out to Mr. Kuykendall’s family and friends. He was a beloved teacher, coach, etc. He was so kind and full of grace. He knew how to teach in a way that made someone want to listen and learn. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. He spent his time well.

Candle lit by Dale & Barb Kuykendall Family - We certainly wanted to be with you at this very difficult time. But know our hearts are with you. Gary will be missed by so many. He certainly left an impression on many of us. Anyone who knew him was lucky. RIP Gary - until we meet again.

Candle lit by Winston Marshall A great friend, colleague, basketball buddy and teacher. I will always remember his wonderful sense of humor.

Candle lit by Tina The greatest teacher and individual I have ever known. Rip

Candle lit by Rau Family Our condolences for the Kuykendall family. May God comfort you and may his presence fill you with peace.

Candle lit by Gary and Sandra Field Always a good friend, will be missed

Candle lit by Robert Ballard He was a very good friend.

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