April 26, 1957 - June 20, 2011
Gary Allen Hodgson, passed away due to complications of Wilson's disease the day after Father's Day in Portland, surrounded by his family. Gary loved people in a big way. He enjoyed 31 joyful and adventure filled years with his wife Jeanne. They travelled the country together, raised three kids together, and shared a deep and abiding love for each other. His three children and four grandchildren miss him immensely. He was a wonderful father, teaching his children to see the world as a giant playgroundfilled with potential friends and unexplored territory. He loved people without strings attached, and supported them no matter what the circumstance. Generous and genuinely compassionate, he loved helping people work through their problems and was constantlyhelping people who needed help. To people who needed money he gave money, to people who needed emotional guidance or support he gave guidance and support, and he wasalways ready to open his home if anyone needed a place to stay. He was the original couchsurfer.
There was seldom a dull moment with Gary in the room. He laughed frequently and was constantly keeping things lively, for better or worse. He was relentlessly optimistic, and always saw the good side of people. He was honest, kind and full of integrity. Gary loved memorizing and quoting the Bible. For him, there was never an inopportune moment for scripture. From soccer games to conversations about the weather, he could sneak in a verse or two. Gary loved God and all of God's creation: people, animals, and the beauty of nature. He lived his life with zeal, and was passionately alive. Most of all he loved God. Now that he has joined his Father, he gets to enjoy all the things he loved so much on Earth, and more.
A service will be held to remember Gary's life at
2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2011, at Trinity Baptist Church. All are welcome.