300 Remember Rygaard at Memorial

CARLSBORG — More than 300 people packed a Cralsborg church Sunday to pay tribute to Gabe Rygaard, a logger, reality TV star, former Clallam County commissioner candidate and father of three children — who died Sept. 16 in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles.

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He was featured for nine seasons on History Channel’s recently canceled reality TV series “Ax Men,” and ran as a Republican in the primary election for the District 2 commission seat and did not advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

The residents and visitors attending the memorial offered their condolences to the Rygaard family, and to cry and laugh as they heard stories of Rygaard’s life shared by those who knew him best.

Gabriel Martin Rygaard was 45.