A Life Well Lived:
Scott Jason Gehring, forever exhibiting grace under pressure and living fearlessly, died in the arms of his loving wife, Heather, at their home in White Salmon, Wash., on Jan. 30, 2014. He was 42 years old. Scott was born in Olympia, Wash., to Walter and Marsha Gehring on June 2, 1971.
Saving enough money from his paper route, Scott took up the sport of windsurfing at an early age and began his first pilgrimage to the Columbia River Gorge when he was 15. Scott was passionate about life and was forever chasing wind, waves and snow, and more recently his children. Scott continued that approach, living life to its fullest even after his cancer diagnosis in January 2013.
Attending Capital High School in Olympia, he later graduated from Western Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 1995, Scott made good on his dreams and moved full-time to the Gorge, where he could combine his career aspirations with his idyllic playground for windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, dirt biking and trips to the coast surfing. Scott's love for the action sports industry led him to a job at DaKine where he worked for 14 years.
Scott met the love of his life, Heather Ferris, in 1998. They fell in love and were married in 2002. Scott and Heather have two wonderful children, Chance, 7, and Zane, 3. One of Scott’s greatest joys was spending time with his boys. Scott's courageous spirit and sense of adventure will live on through Chance and Zane.
Scott had a firm belief in Jesus as his personal Savior. A verse Scott often quoted during his illness was “I will live and not die, and I will tell what The Lord has done,” Psalms 118:17. Scott is not alive as we know it, but he is more alive now than he ever has been. Let his life be a testament to what The Lord has done.
In addition to Heather, Chance and Zane, Scott is survived by many cherished family members including his mother, Marsha Gehring; his in-laws, Elden and Margie Ferris; his brother- and sister-in-law, Darin and Heidi Parr; and nephews Davis and Evan Parr, who have all been a very special part of his life.
A celebration of Scott’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave., with gathering and greeting from 2-3 p.m., and service from 3-4:30 p.m. A reception will follow at The Bingen School Inn (bingenschool.com).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scott Gehring Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo for the children’s education.
Condolences are being received online.
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