Jerry "Craig" Gatch II


Jerry "Craig" Gatch II born in Reno, NV,  on July 25, 1968, and passed away due to ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease, on April 18, 2022, in Kirkland, WA. He was a Journeyman electrician by trade. He is survived by Michelle, his high school sweetheart of 35 years💜, his Mother, Lyn Schratz of Florida, his sister, Rhonda Allen (Shaion), and dog, Chloe. As well as dearly loved uncles, aunts, and cousins.


His interests included the outdoors, fishing, grilling, baking, and watching Sci-Fi. His warm and caring personality allowed him to easily make friends. He enjoyed weekend trips and new adventures. He was always ready to serve others. He was active in his homeowner association for twenty three years, serving as President. He loved his faith. He did not waiver. He was loyal, dedicated, and dependable. He showed up.


He was a peaceful soul, with a huge heart. Always smiling and cheering up folks. He would smile and light up a room. He loved others and had patience and grace for those around him. His favorite expression was "you know it is love when the unsmurfy things become smurfy". 


A Celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday, June 12th, at 2:00 at Northshore Community Church, 10301 NE 145th St, Kirkland, WA 98034.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to Northshore Community Church.


  • Rhonda (Posted: June 10, 2024)
    I know I'm late to this but it has been difficult not having my brother anymore, as you can probably understand. I have been angry and trying to understand why God could take such an amazing person from this world. As time has gone on, my anger has turned into sadness, then to indifference, then to escaping, and now I think I am finally at the point where I can start to be at peace with his passing. For those that don't know, my brother was my champion. My protector. My rock. That's what big brothers are for right? I miss his daily texts of "Happy Hump Day my favorite sister". I miss being able to make him laugh. He laughed so easily and always laughed with his whole soul. I miss knowing that he is there for me whenever I need him. Most of all, I miss him. I will always carry you with me Craig. I am grateful for your quick passing though so you wouldn't have to suffer long, but I still miss you all the same. In reading some of the messages here I now see that he had a tremendous impact on the world, and people in it. I only ask that you continue with his work and make everyday as great as you can. Always help your neighbor, and always know that while things may not make sense at the time, the reason will be revealed in the end. I love you Craig because 🎶 "I'm your sister"!🎶 (He would sing that to me every time we talked)
  • Sammy Arnold (Posted: April 27, 2024)
    This has floored me, Craig was one of the best people I have ever known. Rest easy Brother.
  • George Watts (Posted: May 16, 2022)
    I will miss Craig, but I am comforted by the knowledge he is “free” today in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ Craig and I worked closely together for a number of years and stayed connected thereafter. Craig was “true blue” - no facade, no false persona. He, and Michelle, were so kind and understanding to my wife, Anne and to me. Treating us like family- we spent many happy hours together. He loved Michelle, he loved God, and he is now in “forever bliss”. I shall see you again one day soon - you will be in your prime Until then!!!!!
  • Rhonda (Sis) (Posted: May 16, 2022)
    My big brother was my protector, my ear to listen, always laughed at my dumb jokes, and always cheered me on with anything that I pursued. His light was infectious to most, and his compassionate nature made him a person that others sought out for comfort. He has left a huge hole in my life but I am grateful that his suffering has ended and he can now be at peace. Thank you to all of you for your kind words and support during his final days. Michelle couldn't have done it without all of you. Rest In Peace Bro. I love you. Now and forever.
  • Dawna (Posted: May 12, 2022)
    I met Craig & Michelle in 2006 when I married their next door neighbor, Tracy Wakefield. They have always been friendly & outgoing, loving life and people. They've always been eager to serve their community and be involved in people's lives, helping out in any way that they could. They made a great team. After my husband died, Craig & Michelle helped me with my house remodeling job. They took me to furniture stores and hardware stores, lending advice. Craig helped me remove my kitchen counters and plumbed the sink. He didn't mind doing the hard stuff. He was always happy to lend a hand. Craig has always been outspoken, sharing his faith. He was involved in the Church for a very long time and he loved the men's group he was a part of. There was no doubt he loved the Lord and so we all have comfort knowing Craig is with the Lord and I'm sure he will be pushing to the front of the line to welcome those of us who know Jesus as our Savior into Heaven when its our turn. We will miss you Craig, but we'll see you soon!
  • Heather (Posted: May 09, 2022)
    One of my firm beliefs is that everyone is brought into your life for a reason. I have met Craig, Michelle and Chloe about two years ago. During the short amount of time that I was able to spend with Craig he proved to be a very pleasant, caring. loving and joyous soul. Craig reminded me that there are still genuine people who share kindness and care about others. One of the last text messages I received from Craig was one that he randomly sent one morning saying that he wishes me a blessed and great day. It was those small gestures that made him special. He will be missed dearly. Until we meet again, rest in peace my friend.
  • Chance (Posted: May 08, 2022)
    Craig was a phenomenal friend and brother in the Lord to me. His unwavering trust in his Savior to the end displayed his authenticity, just one of his many beautiful qualities. My life was enriched by Craig as many were, and I long to see him again in the resurrection.
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