Gary Finley Fire was born on the 6th of December in 1941 on The Crow Creek Indian Reservation in Fort Thompson, SD to Spencer Louis Fire and Ethel Marion Hislaw (Edwards). Gary lived 80 years of a most adventurous and joyful life especially in his childhood where he would ride horses bareback across the plains with his only beloved brother, catch cats by their tails or snatch a chicken for his precious mother for dinner. As Gary grew older, he enlisted in the United States Army where he would serve proudly with his brother. From there he would start a family and eventually be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and serve diligently for nearly 47 years in several callings that would help nurture him into a faithful servant of the Lord and become the man we knew and respected. He esteemed His Lord and Savior and the work he knew would be required of him. Gary was very accomplished in anything he did and would dedicate his time and energy to working hard while serving others along the way. He would remarry and humbly provide for his growing family anyway he could and continue to work diligently over the course of his life. He had a love for woodworking, taught and played pool with his grandchildren and golfed when he had the chance. His greatest accomplishment in life was having a family and to have friends whom he loved more than his heart could hold. Gary was full of magnetic charm and made every day a “happy day” to ensure everyone felt loved that he ever came into contact with and left them leaving with a laugh and a smile. He was loyal to a fault and was a respecter of his family history and the stories he would tell about his ancestors would somehow touch your heart as if you knew them.
Gary lovingly and peacefully passed on to the other side of the veil on the 28th of December, 2021 to greet his loved ones whom we are sure welcomed him with buoyant open arms. He was cared for through laughter, love, scripture and song by his loving wife, children and grandchildren whom were by his side until the moment he passed. Gary is cherished by his wife Sunni Fire of 35 years, their 10 children, Holly Fire Meade, Lisa Wormell Tate, Vicki Wormell MacLay, Teresa Wormell Wagenhals, Spencer Fire, John Wormell, John Fire, Nancy Fire Tu’ivai, David Wormell, Michael Wormell and their spouses. Absolutely adored his 30 grandchildren, had 9.5 Great Grandchildren as well as the many beloved and loyal friends whom he adored. His loyal dog Tito will miss him tremendously.
For those who would like to attend Gary’s funeral services or send love and pay respects to the family, the services will be as follows: Saturday the 8th of January, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2715 E. Ocotillo Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140, the funeral services will begin at 10am with an open visitation to all who knew Gary, followed with the commemorative celebration of Gary’s life at 11am. The funeral procession will directly follow and the graveside service will begin at 1pm at San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms 22425 E. Cloud Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.
A tremendous thank you to those who have sent their sympathies, condolences and prayers to Gary and his family, they have all been felt and truly treasured. We are blessed with the in home care nurses and www.bunkerfuneral.com for the assurance and care for our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, relative, friend and acquaintance.
The Gary Fire Family