The late Sam Garst drew a capacity crowd to the Lacey Community Center on Sunday afternoon. A diverse mix of people came to say goodbye to a big-hearted force of nature who arrived in our community just 10 years ago.
What inspired me at the memorial was the variety of groups that Sam had influenced. There was a table of green building industry people who helped Sam and Chris build their carbon-neutral home. A table of Thurston business leaders who knew Sam through his investment counselor work. Advocates for parks and green spaces who knew Sam through his service on the Washington State Parks Foundation board. Lots and lots of Democrats from he and his wife Chris’ active support of many political campaigns.
During a boisterous celebration, it wasn’t his political acumen or his technical expertise that person after person recalled. Sam’s optimism, joy for life and obvious pleasure in meeting new people that will be his legacy here in the South Sound. You’ve inspired me to show up more, speak up more, and celebrate all the good things that happen here in Thurston County.
And, Sam, when I see you next I’ll give you an update on the acceleration, speed and handling of the latest electric cars.