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Gary Gene Michael

03/26/1948 - 09/24/2023
Service Date: 10/02/2023
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Val Vista Stake Center at 1005 N Voyager Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Visitation Date: 10/02/2023
Visitation Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Val Vista Stake Center at 1005 N Voyager Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park

Gary Gene Michael passed away in his home on September 24, 2023 with his wife Judy Michael close by. He was 75 Years old. Gary was born March 26, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona to Garlin Claude Michael and Etta Mae Rackley with younger brothers Ron Michael (Lydia) and Joey (passed away age 6).  He married Judith (Judy) Ann Michael on October 7, 1967. He loved her totally and completely. He is the father of Traci Ann Barney (Jason), Kari Rey Fletcher (Bobby), Gary Gene Michael (Jenna), Kelli Gene Hunter (Dustin), Kevin Gene Michael (Chaille). He has 18 grandkids and 9 great grandchildren.

Gary loved life to the fullest and was constantly optimistic starting every day with a fresh start with no worries of tomorrow. Gary enjoyed every second he could spend with his family. He was always finding the best, most fun toys for his family and finding fun places and adventures. He loved to hunt, go to the cabin, hunt, muscle cars, hunting, the lake, hunt, the dunes, hunt, San Diego, and hunt. He loved to watch Gunsmoke and the hunting channel.

Gary was the ultimate salesman. He could sell anything to anybody. He loved to become everyone’s new best friend and could talk all day long getting to know them. He started out at Aaron Brother’s Art Mart, owned a body and paint shop, sold cars at Brown and Brown Chevrolet, Tony Coury GMC, and Chapman Chevrolet. In 1990 he started Banners Plus and that has been the family business ever since.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 10:45 am Monday October 2nd, 2023 at the Val Vista Stake Center at 1005 N Voyager Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85234 with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am.


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


  • Bryan and Karen Hunter

    Our deepest condolences for the Michael family.

  • Bryan and Karen Hunter

    With Deepest sympathy for your loss, a great kind man, husband, father, grandfather. He will be missed.

  • Our Family would like extend our deepest condolences to the Michael Family. Gary was one of the first business relationships that I built when we started our sign company here in the valley. He really helped me, and we became quick friends. He shared his family, Family cabin, vast knowledge of the hunting world, and for that I will be eternally grateful. RIP my friend

  • Penny Magnusson Hannum

    From the Westwood Class of 1966, where Gary graduated from, is sad to hear that one of their Warriors passed away. Prayers for Judy and the family.

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