Video: Battle Ground celebrates Gary Livingston’s life with cruise-in


Dozens of car owners show up at Rocky’s Pizza to honor area businessman

BATTLE GROUND — There were so many classic cars.

Beautiful cars.

Area residents and their classic cars showed up in Battle Ground on Friday to celebrate the life of Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area residents and their classic cars showed up in Battle Ground on Friday to celebrate the life of Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz

Oh, a bunch of trucks, too. 

There were plenty of modern-day, regular cars, too, many with signs.

And there were some cars that only the owners could love.

But all the drivers, all their passengers, came to Battle Ground on Friday night with one thing in mind: To celebrate the life of Gary Livingston.

It wasn’t just cars. Trucks showed up, too, to honor Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz
It wasn’t just cars. Trucks showed up, too, to honor Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz

Livingston, who owned Patriot Sealcoat and was a fixture at many businesses and charitable organizations, died unexpectedly Aug. 8.

One of the many places he helped out through the years was Rocky’s Pizza in Battle Ground. Gary’s son, Chance, thought a cruise-in for Gary, starting at Rocky’s was appropriate. Dozens and dozens of vehicles later, he was proved correct in his assessment.

This city, this region, loved Gary.

Folks were asked to sign a banner inside Rocky’s Pizza, sharing their thoughts on Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz
Folks were asked to sign a banner inside Rocky’s Pizza, sharing their thoughts on Gary Livingston. Photo by Mike Schultz

Longtime manager of Rocky’s Pizza, Fred Lane, got emotional when talking about Friday’s cruise-in. 

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lane said. “He was really big into car rallies. He would have thought a lot about this. He would have been really happy.”

Livingston was instrumental in the cruises for Harvest Days.

But it was his charitable heart that made him so much more than just a “car guy” or a business owner.

“Gary cared about a lot of people, did a lot for a lot of people,” Lane said. “He did a lot for the community. The city always said, if you wanted something done, you went to Gary.”

Smoking tires is just one of the highlights of a cruise-in, something Gary Livingston loved. Photo by Mike Schultz
Smoking tires is just one of the highlights of a cruise-in, something Gary Livingston loved. Photo by Mike Schultz

Andy Machin of Battle Ground was friends with Livingston for years.  

“We’d always come in here, sit and have a beer together. A good guy,” Machin said.

They would do a lot of trading. Machin said Livingston remade his driveway once but instead of a monetary transaction, Machin gave Livingston his Seattle Seahawks tickets. 

On Friday night, there were more and more Gary stories being shared, in between the revving of engines and smoking tires.

All to celebrate Gary Livingston.

One did not have to have a classic car in order to celebrate Gary Livingston’s life. Any car would do. Just put up a sign. Photo by Mike Schultz
One did not have to have a classic car in order to celebrate Gary Livingston’s life. Any car would do. Just put up a sign. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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