Gary Bengtzen 1947 ~ 2011
Raise the banner high! Gary has finished his earthly work and is beginning his new mission in service to the Savior. Service has ever been his watchword and his mission here on Earth.Gary was born on February 18, 1947 to Robert Walker and Betty Jo Kartchner Bengtzen in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away just two days after his 64th birthday after a short, but heroic battle with cancer. Gary served an LDS mission to the British Isles where he made many friendships he still cherishes today. While in his 50's, Gary had the opportunity to serve the Lord with Raynee in France for 18 glorious months. Gary loved France! Gary married the love of his life, Raynee Chidester, in the Salt Lake Temple on October 23, 1968. Gary treasured his family above all. He was happiest when he was in a Hawaiian shirt barbequing for his family by the pool. Gary spent his life serving the Lord and held many callings in the LDS church including Bishop, member of the Stake Presidency, Young Men's President, missionary, and for the last eight years serving the young adults across the Salt Lake Valley. Gary spent a great deal of time serving others including many trips to Mexico to distribute eyeglasses, years of help with the Christmas Wish, and years in Rotary and Kiwanis. Gary loved the sunshine, convertibles, the beach, and relaxing by the pool. He spent much of his life in the printing industry where he made many lifelong friends. Gary is survived by his eternal wife Raynee, children Teague (Jennifer), Kirk (Brandi), Alicia (Rick) Finlayson, Cory (Spring), and Chris (Cassie), 14 grandchildren, parents Robert and Betty Jo, Raynee's parents Ken and Rene Chidester, siblings Myke Branch, Tim (Barbara) and Suzie Turner, Kelly (Ginny) Chidester, and Kathy (Jeff) Kjar. Preceded in death by his brother Kay. There will be viewings on Wednesday February 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn (3401 S. Highland Dr.) and Thursday, February 24th from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. at the S.L. Highland Stake Center, 2738 S. Filmore St. (1550 East). Services will be held Thursday, February 24th at noon at the S.L. Highland Stake Center, 2738 S. Filmore St. (1550 East). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to www.bacausa.com (St. George chapter). To learn more about his story go to www.garysmiracles.blogspot.com Dad, thank you for your amazing example! We love you!