CHEHALIS – Lewis County’s beloved “coach” and highly respected county commissioner Gary Stamper lost his battle with coronavirus Wednesday. He was 67. His wife, Bobbi Barnes posting on social media last night, “As I write this, Gary is in Heaven telling everyone about a small town half-way between Seattle and Portland and 20 miles east of I-5,” adding, “I can not thank him enough for being the best friend ever, a fun travel partner, and a person who made me a  better person just by the way he lived his life. He may have lost his battle with COVID, but he won the lottery with friends, family, and constituents who loved and supported him.” Stamper’s daughter Sheena Woods said in an interview with the KELA Morning Report on September 19, 2021, “He’s a giver, caring so much for the community. He put his soul, his whole life into public service in this community.” Since Stamper was hospitalized, Woods added, “I’ve been hearing the best stories about my dad, from people from his early days of teaching, sometimes it brings a tear to my eye.” Commissioner Stamper was well known for his steady hand at the county courthouse and his career in education as Principal at White Pass High School and as head coach of Mossyrock High School’s first state basketball championship. Coach Stamper led the girls program to the state crown in 2007.

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