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Gary Wayne Heinecke

09/08/1947 - 02/22/2022
Service Date: 03/04/2022
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 925 N. Harris Drive, Mesa, Az 85203
Visitation Date: 03/03/2022
Visitation Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

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Gary Wayne Heinecke, 74, passed from this world on the evening of Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Logan, Utah on September 8, 1947. He married Norma Bennett on May 4, 1977 in the St. George Temple. They lived in various places but resided in Arizona for a majority of his time in this life.

He was full of gratitude for his family’s devoted faith and prayers as they surrounded him during his final moments on earth. Throughout his life he studied the scriptures, developing a strong faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ and testimony of the plan of salvation. He was a strong believer of service to God, Family, & Country. During his early years, Gary earned his Eagle through the scouting program, served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1968 – 1970, and later enlisted in the Airforce for a six-year term, 1972 – 1978.

He valued gaining truth and knowledge out of the best books and always sought to teach his family in the ways of truth and righteousness. He had a talent of adding humor to life, always making those around him laugh. He raised his children to always do a good turn daily, and be prepared. His life was one which exemplified these attributes, passing them to his posterity.

Survived by Norma B. Heinecke, his wife of 44 years and their 8 children: Amy (Nate) West, Allen Wayne, David Ryan, Esther (Anthony) West, Elisabeth (Bret) Engstrom, Benjamin Joseph, Michael Isaiah, and Roy Vance (Camilla Amanda Padgett), 20 beautiful Grandchildren (12 Granddaughters, and 8 Grandsons), and his Nieces and Nephews. He is reunited in heaven with his Mother Joyce; Sister Barbara Hanna, Brother Kenneth; Stepfather Erwin Heinecke, Father Wendell Nelson, and many others.

The viewing will be held Thursday, March 3, 2022 5pm-7pm at the Bunker Funeral Home (33 N. Centennial Way Mesa AZ 85201).

Funeral Service: Friday, March 4, 2022 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel Building (925 N. Harris Dr. Mesa AZ 85203).

Look for Celebration of Life for Gary W. Heinecke

Interment: Friday, March 4, 2022 2 pm at the City of Mesa Cemetery (1212 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ 85201).

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.


  • Keith and Lynn Thomas

    So sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family

  • It was a blessing to know Gary and Norma these many years together. We will surely miss him but know he’s in a beautiful and happy place with family who passed on already. And especially his Savior, Jesus Christ.
    Gary had a deep testimony of the restored gospel and loved our Savior so much! He lived what he knew and was an example to his children. He and Norma have raised such a loving family who enjoy being together and are a much needed strength and support to their mother and each other right now. Our prayers are with them. We’ll always be grateful for the memories and laughter made with Gary and Norma and their family. Hugs, love and prayers! David and Tana

  • See tou on the flip side Gary. Thanks for being a shining light on a world so in need of people like you. 🙏💖🙏

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