Gavin was born to David Charrier and Ila Roethler on 8/8/56 in Cedarville, California. At the age of 16 he relocated with his father to Ketchikan and attended Ketchikan High School, graduating in 1974. He met Kristi during their senior year in high school, and they were later married in 1975. They had two children, Nickolas and Brandi.
Gavin began his 35-year career with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough International Airport in 1986 as an airport equipment mechanic and airport rescue/firefighter. When he wasn’t fixing heavy equipment, he was commonly found plowing the runways in the winter months. Gavin was an incredibly meticulous and phenomenal mechanic, whose services have been sought out by many over the years, even outside of his employment. He had a natural gift for building or fixing literally anything that he laid his eyes, hands, or heart upon. A true jack of all trades.
Fishing and hunting were two of Gavin’s lifelong hobbies. He took great pride in providing for his family with his catch, but he also enjoyed his time spent with all of those he did it with. He had an almost yearly hunting/fishing trip resulting in many bucks and loads of fish with his best friend of 44 years, Donnie Alander. Gavin had another passion in life aside from just hunting, fishing, and family. He loved and cherished his grandchildren more than life itself. He was known as Papa to his seven wonderful grandchildren: Teighlor Charrier, Kalani Martinez, Ethan Davis, Caleb Martinez, Kaydence Charrier, Mia Davis, and Alexander Charrier.
Gavin is preceded in death by his father, David Charrier; his mother, Ila Roethler; and his niece Kaila Cowan. He is survived by his wife Kristi Charrier, son Nickolas Charrier (April), daughter Brandi Davis (Patrick), aunt Nancy Charrier-Saunders (Thad), siblings Debbie Cowan (Mickey), Suzie Doig, and Harlan Charrier, and many neices and nephews. A celebration of life will be held for Gavin in August 2022.