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Donald Francis Garney

08/07/1949 - 08/09/2022

Donald “Don” Garney, born August 7, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois passed away peacefully on August 9, 2022 in Chandler, Arizona.  Don is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served honorably in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of Sergeant E5.

Don is survived by his wife Joanna, children Mary (Jay) Massow, Amanda (Chad) Horvath and nine grandchildren, Mallory, Mason, Meg, Alexis, Lucas, Peyton, Gwendolyn, Jeylin and Nathan, brother David Stark.  Don was preceded in death by his son, Jeff.

Services will be private, however, Don’s Facebook page will remain open and all are welcome to post memories and final words to him there.

Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Rich and Elaine


    i knew Him from Elston
    He was my Best Man
    We played in Our youth
    Grew UP Became Men and still had Fun

    We played ball of All sorts
    Base, foot and catch
    We paled ‘round like BrotherS ’til it was Dark

    AdultHood was coming and We grew
    Yet still We met with Wives too
    Well AlwayS have Chi and Arizona
    for We were Friends brothers to The End . . .

    and BEyond

    We went to Wrigley for Baseball
    and Threw balls made of Sn*w
    We’d go door to door to Shovel that Sn*w
    and sell Church chances

    We had good, Great times in Chi and Arizona b o t h
    had Families which often met
    We grew and aged and had one Last game
    Now it won’t be The Same

    Have to Make do
    ’til We meet again
    and See what We can do
    T h e n . . .

    8 11 2022

    Donald Francis Garney
    8 7 1949 9 2022
    US Army
    Husband Father . . .
    Uncle Friend Neighbor

  • Dear Brother, i will miss you tremendously! I wish we had more time to discuss life and growing up on Elston Ave. Time flies too fast and i trust i will see you again. Love you brother!

  • Don was a genuine person and faithful in his religion! Don you will be missed!

  • My dear close friend and neighbor of many years, my heart is so heavy. We should have still had time for many more adventures and memories to make together. This terrible virus has robbed way too many prematurely. Life is short, precious, and all-too-often fleeting! Love ya dear friend and brother!

  • Travis Jacobson

    Don, great neighbor, friend, just a stand-up guy and you would tell you exactly how he felt about things. He felt deeply and personally about so many things that he was willing to share.
    Much love to Joanna and the family. We love Don!!!

  • I always enjoyed Don’s comments in church and his testimony. He said it how he saw it. He was very Christ like in his desire to serve others. We
    are so sorry to hear of his passing. Sending our love to Joann and family.

  • I got to know Don over the last four plus years as we worked together at Ameriprise, and he was in the office next to me. Don had a lot of great stories, and I’ll miss talking with him. He loved his clients, and many had been with him for his entire career (over 40 years in financial services).

  • I’m so sorry to hear this. I thought of Don Garney as a very humble man—very self effacing.
    I remember after my Dad passed away he mentioned in sacrament meeting that we must all discuss how to diffuse the atom bomb at the dinner table, or something like that, and said he just would want something like hot dogs for lunch at his funeral, nothing fancy. He gave me a laugh at time when I really needed it. May God bless him.
    My love to the whole family.

  • Dennis and Susan Deaton

    Susan and I are so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. It has been our privilege to have lived so many years in the Thayer Park Ward with the Garneys and share loving friendship, laughs and tears. We send our sincerest, deepest condolences to you Joanna, Mary, Jay, Amanda, and Chad. We pray you will be comforted by Heavenly Father’s love at this time and always.

  • Timothy Peltier

    My cousin Don was such a funny and great man. When Don and Joanne would come visit us in Wisconsin, it was always a great time. Don bought me and my brother our first baseball glove. Our birthdays were , his the 7th mine the 8th. I remember when I was around 10 or so, Don took me and my brother down to Illinois to there home for 2 weeks and I remember going to his softball games and going to eat pizza afterwards . He will be greatly missed by all who met Don. Bless the family. Hugs and kisses, Love from Wisconsin Stevens Point . Tim Peltier

  • Linds and Family

    Don – you were always so loving towards us. You always called me your “adopted daughter.” Remember when we’d come decorate your Christmas tree, you made me try sauerkraut and were shocked that I thought it was disgusting. You made me my first fried bologna sandwich. Trips to Utah and the memories made will stay with me forever. Many Sunday dinners at your house and each year coming to visit and pick lemons/grapefruits will be something I hold on to. Thank you for the love you showed me. Your ability to ask questions, curiosity, love for others and life will be missed!

  • Pauline Martin Sanchez

    Don, I prayed for you to come home but I feel You would say that You are on to better things, especially with your Son. I will miss your Voice & Testimony on Fast Sundays. Your sense of Humor has also made me smile & laugh! Thank You for being a neighbor and dear Friend! May our Creator bless your Family with His Comforting Peace and Love. May my sisterly love and deepest wishes for great Happiness continue to be with You!

  • Larry and Ainslie Vaughan

    We have known Don for probably 20 years. He was always very nice and caring and was there for us when we lost our 23 year old son. We will miss his sage advice and friendship. We pray God‘s peace on Joanna and the rest of the family.

  • I’ve mourned the passing of many dear friends over the years and while I cannot always tell you the final words we shared together, such is not the case with Don. Don ended every conversation the same way… “You know I love you, right? “. His question was always sincere, as was my consistent response of “I love you too, Don “. I’m so grateful for the friendship and kindness that Don has shared with me personally and with my family over the last 18 years. His larger than life personality has truly blessed our lives and provided countless memories to fill the void of his passing.

  • Denise Little Eslick

    Don was referred to me by friends in 2020. I am forever grateful for his financial guidance through a very rough time in my life. Met him at the office earlier this year and what a pleasure it was to speak with him face to face. Sincere condolences to the Garney family.

  • Ben and Karolyn Jackman Tenney

    Thank you, Don, for being not only our financial advisor for many years but for also being our very good friend. Your sound advice, your caring, your help, your testimony, the extra effort you always exerted, and your friendship have made our lives richer. May God bless your family as you move on to bigger and better things in another realm. We love you.

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