Welcome to the memorial page for

Gabriel Martin Rygaard

August 3, 1971 ~ September 16, 2016 (age 45)

Gabriel Rygaard was born on August 3, 1971.  He passed to eternity on September 16, 2016.


Gabriel Martin Rygaard was born in Port Angeles to Craig and Kathy Rygaard.  He graduated from Port Angeles High School and Peninsula College.


Gabe owned and operated Rygaard Logging. He also owned Timber Brokerage, Ryfield Properties and Penny Creek Rock Quarry. Gabe worked on the TV series “America’s Toughest Jobs” and “Ax Men” with his father, brother, and sons.


Gabe had a huge heart and a zest for life. He was a man of faith who put God first. No challenge was too big for Gabe and he had a can-do attitude. Gabe was generous. He was civic-minded and had a passion for helping his community. 


He was a member of many civic organizations and clubs including: King’s Way Church, PA Cal Ripken Baseball, Future Riders Football, Olympic Crosscutter Baseball, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, EDC, PABA, WCLA, PA Chamber of Commerce, and Washington Loggers Association.


Gabe loved fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. He played the saxophone. Gabe loved vacationing in Hawaii with family, boating at Lake Sutherland and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe. He enjoyed helping with church projects. He was a passionate coach of youth football and baseball; and he enjoyed playing community baseball. Gabe was an avid Seahawks fan.


He is survived by his wife, Katy Rygaard, daughter Trilby Bowe, sons Tucker Rygaard, and Aiden Rygaard, his parents Craig and Kathy Rygaard, his grandmother Ann Dewey, his brother Jason (Adrianne) Rygaard, his brothers-in-Law Eric (Susan) Sotebeer, Craig (Maria) Sotebeer, Brian (Cheryl) Sotebeer, his sisters-in-law Joelle (John) Heikkila, Beth (Dave) Hoien, his parents-in-law Carolynn & Earle Irvine, and Steve & Elaine Sotebeer, and many nieces and nephews.


There will be a Celebration of Life at The King’s Way Foursquare Church 1023 Kitchen-Dick Rd, Sequim, WA 98382 on Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 am.

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
September 24, 2016

11:00 AM
Kingsway Four Square Church
1023 Kitchen-Dick Road
Sequim, WA 98382

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