Gary Warnock for Thurston County Coroner
Gary Warnock for Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock for Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock for Thurston County Coroner

Gary's roots in Thurston County run deep. He has called Thurston County home for nearly 30 years and is a 1982 graduate of North Thurston High School. He also attended South Puget Sound Community College and St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Gary served as a Deputy Coroner with the Thurston County Coroner’s office since 2001. Gary routinely conducted death scene investigations, determining cause and manner of death, and notification of next-of-kin. He brings a high degree of sensitivity and compassion to the families he serves that are distraught and in need of understanding. Gary is organized and has a natural ability to lead others without being heavy handed. His natural leadership skills and understanding of death investigation as well as his excellent communications skills brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the citizens of Thurston County.

Gary honorably served in the United States Navy for nearly ten years. In 1985 he married his high school sweetheart, Chris. Their two great sons, Justin and Joshua have been raised with the high moral values that they believe is the foundation of a family structure. Their oldest son, Justin, enlisted in the United States Army during his senior year at Rainier High School. He was tragically killed in Iraq on June 24th 2006. Joshua is a sophomore at Rainier High School and was chosen to represent Washington State as a Student Ambassador on a trip to Australia in the summer of 2006.


Gary possesses a wealth of knowledge in his career field. His compassion and attention to detail was highlighted while working as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Mills & Mills and Olympic Funeral Homes for over eight years. Gary is able to perform responsibilities that many people are simply unable to do. His emotional strength allowed him to graciously help families with duties associated with funeral preparations. These include removal of the deceased loved ones from private homes, nursing homes and hospitals, making funeral arrangements with bereaved family members and preparing their loved ones for burial with dignity. He has consistently proven himself as a pillar of strength to anyone in need.

Contact information
Phone: (360) 239-8190

314 Country Estates Dr. W
Rainier, WA 98576

On Election day, please vote for Gary Warnock

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