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Gary Arthur Walton

11/10/1951 - 06/30/2019
Service Date: 07/13/2019
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4629 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, Arizona
Visitation Date: 07/12/2019
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Gary A. Walton, 67, of Gilbert, AZ passed away June 30, 2019.  He was born to Vern and Zula Belle Walton in Casa Grande, AZ on November 10, 1951.  Gary’s life was spent in service to his family, friends, community, and church.  For thirty years he worked as a Captain/Paramedic with the City of Mesa Fire Department.  Gary was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served faithfully in various leadership and teaching capacities but his first love was teaching the youth.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cowboy poetry, singing, gardening, hunting, and road trips with friends.  Gary’s quick wit, ready smile and willingness to help will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife Frances, children Neil Walton (Megan), Chad Walton (Kristin), Becky Thruston (Artie), Lisa Thruston (Austin), Christopher Walton, Clara Goodman (Van), twelve grandchildren, his siblings Chuck Walton (Pam), Judy Clawson (Gary), Diane Ball (John), Scott Walton (Carrie), and Grant Walton (Laura) & Glenna Walton.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews and cousins.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Zula Walton, his brother Vern (Bud) Walton, Jr., and sister-in-law, Joan Walton.  There is a visitation Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ.  Funeral services are Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11am, preceded by a visitation at 10am, located at 4629 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ. 


  • John and Cyd Mechem

    Dear Fran and Family,
    We are so sad to hear about Gary’s passing! We know that you will miss him so much. We hope your many family memories with him will comfort you. Our deepest sympathies, John and Cyd Mechem

  • Steve & Sandee Blasnek

    We have been blessed to count Gary & Fran Walton closest of friends for over 40-yrs. We raised our children together, we traveled together, we worshipped together, & we will now grieve together. Gary always tried to put 10# of stuff into 5# of time; he was maddeningly late for almost every activity we had (sometimes I wanted to just strangle him!) but the wait for him was always worth it. I think he was the only guy I know who was cheaper (frugal) than me. But his heart is as big as his grin, his love for & commitment to family, friends, & his God as deep as his love for a good taco, his selflessness close to the Savior’s. He’s as true blue as it gets – what you see what you get, there is no guile in the man. We will miss him, but he lives on thru his wife & family & the many precious memories we have of him (who can forget Poncho Claus?) Until later my friend, my brother.

  • Joanna Garney

    God bless you, Walton Family … I have many fond memories of Gary (funny ones too, of course). Love this family … you are dear to my heart. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of your beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Cousin.

  • Mike & Debbie Vance

    Fran, we were so sad to hear about Gary’s passing. We have the fondest of memories living just two doors down from you from those many years gone by. Could not have asked for better neighbors. I think those years have bonded us for life! We love you and your family and are sending you our deepest condolences at this very tender time. We unfortunately will not be able to make it to either the viewing or funeral but want you to know that you will be in our hearts and prayers. ❤️❤️ Love Mike and Debbie Vance

  • The Miller Families Hearts were broken to hear of Gary’s passing, what a loss, Gone way too young, He will be missed by so many.

  • Danny & Penny Rozsa

    We are so sad to hear about your loss! He was so kind to our family! We adore each of you & pray you will feel embraced by the warmth of all those that love you❤️!

  • I don’t think I have ever known a more vital person than Gary. He was so much fun and had so much energy that I’m sure heaven changed just a bit when he got there. I’m so sorry for a loss that I know is huge. He will be missed by all who know him—including Doug and I and all our family❤️

  • Gary will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was always busy, and generally busy doing good for others. As much as his friends and neighbors feel loss at his passing, we know Fran and the family are facing much deeper challenges. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we hope they feel comfort in knowing Gary has gone ahead to prepare the way for them.

  • you can never express in words what one person has meant to you and others in this short life…Gary was kind and caring and one of the very best Our Father in Heaven allowed to come here….He changed my life for the better..made all of us laugh…I have know him for over 35 plus years…his children played with mine and grew up to be wonderful men and women with good hearts …I lost my son this year …and saw Gary for the last time at the service…He and Fran and the children will always be a part of the Garney Family…I will miss my eternal friend and can only hope and pray that my Father in Heaven will allow me to say hello when I return to him…Gary Walton was one special man…who loved his family..friends …and the Lord….He will leave a hole in my heart…which gets bigger each time I lose someone special on this earth…. the ones I love…Please say hello to Jeffrey and look after him….I thank you for your example and friendship and your GREAT SMILE….

  • This truly breaks my heart. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I am sure there are empty holes in your days. I know you have an amazing husband, dad, grandfather. Gary lived a Christ like life, full of love, kindness, laughter, compassion and integrity. I know when I would see Gary he always had a smile and always interested in me. I love this happy face. I am blessed to have him as my cousin. Hugs and love you all. We all need to live our lives like Gary did. Love you, Julie Hatch
    #familiesareforever #familyfirst

  • I have been privileged to be good friends with Gary and Frances since they first started dating in 1974, when Frances and I were rooming together off campus at ASU. Gary was always so much fun to be around. Some of my funniest stories and memories feature Gary, who had a quick wit and a way with words. He was witty, warm, and as big-hearted as they come, always willing to help others. I adored him and will miss him dearly. My love to the Walton family at this difficult time. Gary was a treasure!

  • Randy and Heather Thomas

    Dear Fran,

    We were so sad to hear of your loss. Gary was a great friend and example of kindness and service. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Lorrie Toliver

    Dearest Fran and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Gary Walton. He will be missed by so many. My family has been truly blessed to have known the Walton Family. Gary’s life was blessed beyond measure, and he expressed just that so often. He loved his family.
    Love and blessings always.
    Toliver’s, Mccollough’s and Croskey’s

  • Phil and Carol Eaves

    Dear Fran and family,
    Phil and I have you in our hearts and prayers. What a dear, caring man Gary was. We loved and appreciated him so much for all the care and love he showed us both. Our love goes out to all his family. Gary was a special person.

  • Just found out. Great friend, roomie and example of greatness. Personal loss to me.

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