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Gary Anthon Richardson

11/17/1942 - 01/19/2021
Service Date: 01/28/2021
Service Time: 12:00PM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Alta Mesa Chapel, 5350 E McLellan Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205
Visitation Date: 01/28/2021
Visitation Time: 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Visitation Location: Alta Mesa Chapel
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Gary Anthon Richardson passed away January 19, 2021 while on assignment caring for Aravaipa Ranch.
Gary was born November 17, 1942 in Grants, NM to Anthon and Barbara (Tietjen) Richardson. He was the first of 10 children.
For his first 6 years he had no siblings. He went everywhere with his parents including Amarillo, Texas, Fairbanks and Nome, Alaska while his father was in the service. He said he was “number one” and very privileged and spoiled by aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
He graduated from Tempe High in 1961. In 1962 he married the love of his life, Deborah Lewis, and was sealed in the Mesa Temple in 1964. They were blessed with 5 daughters, Candith (Mark) Williams, Jolene (John) Mortensen, Andrea (David) Riding, Tonya (Jay) Klepinger, and Serena (Trevor) Nielson.
Gary worked for General Motors Proving Ground for 36 years. After retirement, he served over 15 years at the Bishops Storehouse delivering food to various areas in the state, including Prescott, Flagstaff, Globe and Payson. He served up to the time of his death.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors, scouting for hunting, and hunting with family and friends. He loved family history and instilled the same love in his children and extended family. He was proud of his heritage and his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He enjoyed his Thursday lunches with his retired GM buddies.
Gary is survived by his wife, Deborah, of 58 years, his daughters, their spouses, 30 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one more due in May. He is also survived by 7 siblings, Garth (Becky), Russ (Sheila), Becky Jo (Steve) Zeigler, Bonnie (Daniel) Young, Clay (Shelley), Wade (Shelly), Brookie (John Loren) McCleve, and sister-in-law Joyce Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anthon and Barbara Richardson, and brothers Paul and Leroy.
The funeral service will be held at 12PM on Thursday, January 28th at Alta Mesa Stake Center 5350 E McLellan Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205, with visitation from 10:30AM-11:30AM.
The funeral is going to be live-streamed, here is the link and the code:


  • Gisele (Ball) Johnson

    So sorry for your loss. He is a great husband, father, and friend. He will be missed.

  • Arlin Don Richardson

    Gary was always quite happy and kind and sure of himself and those qualities I sincerely admired in him among many others. I always looked forward to seeing him at Richardson Family Functions especially the Richardson Christmas Party’s. You will be so kindly missed brother in the gospel term and cousin.

  • We made alot of memories together!!!

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