|As a bruising fullback, his nickname of "The Sirmon Tank" was all too appropriate because of what he tended to do to wouldbe tacklers. The 198-lb. running back also had deceptive speed to turn a short burst into a long gain. He used that speed as a kick returner and was also WHS's top pass receiver. Gary was the Panthers' primary ball carrier in 1960 and cleaned-up defensively as well. He was selected as a "Sporting News Honorable Mention High School All-American" and a "2nd Team All-State Fullback" his senior season. Gary was an important contributor to Panther success on the gridiron for three years.
He was a district competitor in the javelin, shot put, and also ran as a member of the 880-yard relay squad at the state track meet. A starter for WHS's basketball contingent during two seasons on the varsity, Gary ranked among team scoring and rebounding leaders as a senior. In all, he earned eight letters.
The powerful ball carrier received a scholarship to play football at the University of Washington.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.