Gary C. Swensen — our husband, father, grandfather, brother, good friend and hero –- died Could 2, 2021, at his Taylorsville, Utah, dwelling, following a prolonged sickness.
His ultimate moments of mortality have been spent along side the spouse and 4 sons he adores. Gary’s passing breaks our hearts, however his family members are comforted figuring out he now is aware of peace and freedom from his bodily challenges.
Gary was born June 15, 1938, to Rell and Mabel Swensen. He typically mentioned he had the “excellent childhood” in Taylorsville. He and his youthful brother, Val, have been blessed to be raised primarily in two properties. Grandma Prepare dinner and Aunt Wilma lived just some steps away.
Rising up on a Taylorsville farm instilled in Gary the significance of household, onerous work and repair. From his father, Rell, he inherited his frequent sense and compassion for others. His mom, Mabel, handed on her presents of calmness and steadiness.
Gary’s youth was spent taking part in ball together with his friends, listening to Ute basketball video games on the radio, watching prize fights on the fairgrounds together with his dad, and tagging alongside together with his cousin and lifelong hero, Ted Jacobsen.
He spent numerous hours as a boy on the outdated Taylorsville Ward meetinghouse, worshiping and having enjoyable together with his neighbors.
By no means a fan of farm work, Gary enrolled within the College of Utah after graduating from Granite Excessive Faculty. A bashful child, he reluctantly signed up for a speech class taught by Royal L. Garff. Professor Garff would change into an sudden mentor, serving to mildew younger Gary right into a grasp communicator.
An opportunity assembly with a reasonably, platinum-haired Murray Excessive Faculty cheerleader perpetually modified Gary’s life. Following an 18-month courtship, Gary and his sweetheart, Irene Nielson, have been married within the Salt Lake Temple on Sept. 15, 1960. 4 years later, they welcomed their first youngster, Gordon. Three extra sons — Jason, Matthew and Christopher — would comply with.
Household was all the pieces for Gary. Nothing made him happier than merely being with Irene, watching his sons play ball, gathering the entire gang to look at a Jazz or Utah soccer recreation or organizing the annual household trip to Jackson Gap. His pleasure elevated with the arrival of every grandchild and great-grandchild.
Gary needed to make his neighborhood a greater place. He served 16 years on the Granite Faculty District Board and a time period on the Utah State Faculty Board. Like his father, Gary was a water man — chairing, at varied instances, the Central Valley Water Reclamation Board and the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. On the time of his demise, he was a Taylorsville-Bennion Enchancment District trustee. His twenty years of management as superintendent of the Salt Lake County Recreation Division helped develop most of the leisure alternatives discovered at the moment throughout the Salt Lake Valley. His efforts have been immortalized in 2015 when the Salt Lake County Council unanimously voted to rename the park positioned at 5100 S. 2700 West in Taylorsville the “Gary C. Swensen Valley Regional Park.”
A lifelong Latter-day Saint, Gary’s gospel testimony and impulse to raise others supplied him many alternatives to look after others. He fulfilled callings as a bishop, counselor within the stake presidency and ward Younger Males’s president. He coached a number of youth volleyball groups, educating scores of younger males — “my guys” — his favourite sport. Teaching the Taylorsville 1st Ward to the 1970 All-Church title was a cherished spotlight.
In 1997, Gary was known as to preside over the California Santa Rosa Mission. He treasured working with lots of of missionaries, making many new California pals, and serving alongside, in his phrases, “the world’s most lovely missionary companion.”
However church callings, professions and elected positions by no means outlined Gary. His major concern was at all times connecting with others. He made pals from many different communities. A passionate artwork collector, he counts numerous painters, sculptors and weavers as pricey pals. Gary solely cared about making you his good friend. He did not care if you happen to have been a Latter-day Saint, a Catholic, a Jew or a non-believer. He did not care if you happen to have been Republican or Democrat. He did not care if you happen to have been straight, homosexual, black, white or brown. He DID care if you happen to have been a Ute or a Cougar — however it’s whispered he generally donned Cougar blue to look at a “prodigal” granddaughter play soccer for BYU.
Gary’s most prized possession was at all times his household — his ancestors and his descendants. He’s survived by Irene; his 4 sons, Gordon (Diane), Jason (Josefina), Matthew (Freda), Christopher (Maxine); his brother, Val; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He’s deeply liked. He’s already deeply missed.
Gary’s life might be celebrated with a public visitation on Friday, Could 7, 6-8 p.m., at McDougal Funeral Residence, 4330 S. Redwood Rd., Taylorsville, Utah. An extra public visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Could 8, at 10:30 a.m. on the Taylorsville Stake Heart, 1399 W. 4800 South, Taylorsville. Funeral service to comply with at midday. Interment on the Taylorsville Memorial Park Cemetery.
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