Garth Vance Foy, son of Joseph Palmer Foy and Doris Annie Black Foy, was born on June 13, 1957, in Monticello, Utah. Growing up, he loved to spend time with family and friends, especially outdoors. As a teenager, he was active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout Award. He loved to sing and was involved in Honor Choir at Westwood High School. In 1978-79, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Salvador and helped open the first Spanish-speaking mission in Toronto, Canada.
During his life, he worked various jobs helping people in the mental health field and other occupations. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. He married Shelly Olson and they were blessed with two children. They later divorced and he married Katherine Brewer and had another daughter. His children were the light of his life! He was the stepfather to five children whom he loved. After their marriage ended, he married Pamela Hurd.
Vance was an active member of the Mesa 12th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In April of 2017, he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Stage 4 brain cancer and his remaining time on this earth was spent peacefully in loving care. He died on September 7, 2017.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Annie Black Foy, three children; Camicia Dawn Foy (Michael Nazarenus), Christopher Vance (Sarah) Foy, and Kelsey Katherine Matthews; two grandchildren, Kamden Ace and Zoey LeeAnn Nazarenus; and three siblings; Joseph Mitchell (Molly) Foy, Sheila (Adrian) Cluff, and Leslie (Andy) Hindes.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Palmer Foy.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Mesa 12th Ward Building, 2152 E. Adobe, Mesa, Arizona, with a viewing from 9:00-9:45 AM. A special thanks to Sage Hospice and Christian Care Adult Home for the wonderful service they provided.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know it’s hard when a loved one dies, but there is a promise that God has given us at Acts 24:15 that all will be resurrected for both the righteous and unrighteous. I hope you can find comfort in this along with other enlightening scriptures like Revelation 21:4 Romans 12:12
Vance will be missed. He was a good listener and always made me feel like he cared about me. He was very fortunate to be a member of such a great family both immediate and extended. May you feel the comfort and love Vance would want to give you himself if he could. Love you all, Liz
We remember Vance and Mitch & Sheila & Adrian from our days in Young Adults. Our deepest condolences to the family. We will keep you in our prayers.
We remember Vance from our days in Young Adults with Mitch and Sheila and Adrian too. Our deepest condolences go to the family at this very sad time.
You are all in our prayers. I hope that the peace that comes with our faith will relieve your sorrow quickly.
I’m so sorry to hear of Vance’s passing. I lived and grew up across the street and took piano from his mom. Although he was older, I watched him with awe throughout my growing up years.
Such a special family! My heart goes out to you!
Doris, may we offer our sincere condolences on your loss.