Gary Troxel

Gary Troxel was born November 28, 1939 in Centralia, Washington. He moved several times during his school years, attending schools in Centralia and Port Angeles, Washington; Port Orford, Oregon; Pico Rivera, Hollywood & Carmel, California. Gary graduated from Olympia High School in Olympia in 1959. He has an AA degree from Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington.

He married his high school sweetheart, Jenifer, in Olympia in 1960. They have four children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They all live near Mount Vernon, where Gary and Jenifer live.

Gary worked at Publishers Plywood Mill, in Skagit County, until 1980. He had worked as a casual longshoreman off and on during this time until becoming an ILWU member in 1980. He and Jenifer are  now retired and are enjoying their "free" time.

Gary’s hobbies include street rodding. His 1941 Studebaker President Coupe is complete and has been on the road for awhile.  He attends weekend rod runs and each year tries to take one long trip. He still has his 1932 Ford Roadster highboy and hasn't made up his mind about keeping or selling it yet.

Gary likes to read nonfiction, especially books about pioneers, firearms, cowboys, trappers and Amelia Earhart. And, he likes to go to automotive swap meets and antique shows.


Gary's 1941 Studebaker President Coupe in front of Studebaker's Cafe in Cashmere, Wash.


On the road at Seaside, Oregon Rod run. It’s hard to tell here, but the license plate is NDOBEDO.

  • 4 Gold Records
  • 2 #1 hits in the first year (1959)
  • 9 Top 40 hits
  • 11 nationally charted hits
  • Hits on both the pop and R&B charts
  • BMI Citation of Achievement
  • BMI Special Citation of Achievement (2-million broadcasts of Come Softly)
  • Northwest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988)
  • Voice of America Certificate of Appreciation (1996)
  • Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame of America - Lead Singer 2006
  • 2006 Vocal Group Hall of Fame ~ Induction Ceremony 2008

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