PLSO Central Chapter nominee for 2020 Surveyor of the Year
Gary was licensed as a Professional Surveyor in Oregon in July of 1986 and has been a member of the PLSO since 1985. He served as President-Elect of the Central Chapter in 2004 and President of the Central Chapter in 2005 and 2019. He played an important role in the 2004 PLSO Annual Conference held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. He has been a member of the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors (OACES) since 1990. He was voted as “Surveyor of the Year” for OACES in 2006 and served as the president of OACES in 2008.
Gary was born in 1954 in The Dalles, Oregon. He was raised in Madras, Oregon. He attended Central Oregon Community College in 1975, Oregon Tech from 1976-1977 earning an Associate Degree in Highway Engineering, and Fresno State University from 1981-1983, completing the Surveying and Photogrammetry program. Gary married Roxanne Araki in 1980. They have one daughter Sky, and 2 grandchildren. Gary has worked in the surveying industry since 1975. While attending classes at Oregon Tech and Fresno State University, he worked seasonally on a BLM survey crew from 1975-1984. He received “…recognition for service performed in a manner exceeding requirements of the position” while working for the BLM. Upon his graduation from Fresno State University Gary worked for Fargen Surveys in Santa Maria, CA until 1987. He also worked for Jeff Kern in Bend Oregon before starting his own business DeJarnatt Land Surveys in 1987. In 1988 Gary ran for the position of Jefferson County (Oregon) Surveyor; a position he has held since 1988. Gary has exercised his desire to serve by volunteering at Westside Church, Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach, and Jefferson County Search and Rescue. He is also an American Red Cross Blood Donor. His interests outside of surveying include camping, hiking, and politics. Most recently, Gary led the way to set a monument as tribute to the late Bill Kauffman, Oregon
PLS1031, a pioneer of GPS surveying in Central Oregon. Gary suggested a monument on the County line since Bill had developed the Central Oregon Coordinate System which covers Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook Counties. The corner common to the Counties was chosen.