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Gwain Oka

September 30, 1948 — May 25, 2023

Gwain Oka

Gwain Oka was born in Seattle on September 30, 1948. He graduated from Lewis and Clark Highschool and Washington State University, and much of his working career was with the City of Coeur d’Alene.

Climbing, fly fishing, skiing, backpacking.... You name it, he's been there done that at a high level. He was always eager and ready for any kind of adventure that we could dream up. Heli Fishing steelhead in BC... on it. Roadless trip into North Idaho cutthroats.... will do. Backcountry skiing in some crazy out of the way basin....... what time, organizing multi day family rafting trips….no worries!

His numerous friends say that everyone should be lucky enough to have an adventure partner, husband and father like Gwain that they could always count on. Gwain and Darcy have been married for a long time and have three incredible children Jaylyn, Christina and Layton.

Gwain has been fighting ALS for a couple years. and lost his battle on May 25th . We know that he is right now standing hip deep in some incredible steelhead river somewhere... We’ll miss him every day.

Besides his wife Darcy and children, Gwain is survived by his brother Gareth and sister Lynn (Oka) Dwyer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALSSO or the Wild Steelhead Coalition. The ALSSO is a non-profit that helps families living with ALS in the Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana Areas, and the Wild Steelhead Coalition focuses on fighting to conserve imperiled wild steelhead stocks.

A celebration of life memorial will be held on June 17, 2023, at the Oka Family Home from 12pm-6pm at 510 South 13th St., CDA, ID 83814. Bring stories to share, snacks and beverages will be provided.

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