To the editor —  We just heard the sad news about the death of Gary Trepanier. We were not close friends, but we had a working relationship with Gary at our ranch in Cowiche for over 45 years.

He was a hard worker, and if he said he would be there to do a job, he would be there. No matter what we needed him to do, from digging ditches to installing septic tanks to spreading rock on driveways to repairing erosion scars, he could do it all. He was a genuinely nice guy, and we will miss him.

It is a sad loss for the Cowiche community.