Gary Warnock

Board Member

Gary recently became a board member but started volunteering with Homeless Backpacks in 2014, delivering to the schools in Rainier.  He is married and together he and his wife have raised two boys.  Gary is a native of southern California and has made this area home since 1977.  Since 2007, Gary has served as the elected Thurston County Coroner. He attended public schools in Lacey and graduated from North Thurston High School in 1982.  Following high school, Gary enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably until his discharge in 1992. The opportunity of providing service to others was offered to Gary by a local funeral home in 1993 where he became a funeral director/embalmer.  He held this position until 2001 when he left to join the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.  Today, Gary shares his profession and work experience at our local schools, speaking to the students about the dangers our children face.  He closes each of his presentations by sharing a very important fact with the students………. “You represent 33% of our population but you are 100% of our FUTURE”.

In addition to work and volunteering, Gary enjoys doing yard work, spending with family and friends and camping.