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Jeffrey Joseph Garney

01/29/1976 - 03/14/2019
Service Date: 03/23/2019
Service Time: 12:00 PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thayer Park Ward, 2835 E. Des Moines St., Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 03/22/2019
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 East University Drive, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ

Jeffrey Joseph Garney, born January 29, 1976 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, passed away March 14, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona.  Jeff is survived by his Daughter: Jeylin Elena; Wife: Silvia; Parents: Don & Joanna Garney; Sisters: Mary (Jay) Massow and Amanda (Chad) Horvath; Nephews: Mason Massow, Lucas Horvath, Nathan Horvath; Nieces: Mallory Massow, Meg Massow, Alexis Horvath, Peyton Horvath, Gwendolyn Horvath; Uncles: Ron Matula and David Stark; Aunt Carol Matula and in-laws, The Camacho Cruz Family, San Jose Costa Rica and many, many, dear Friends.

Jeff is a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He held numerous callings throughout his life.  Jeff was an Eagle Scout and served an honorable mission in Costa Rica.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.  He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.  He was granted an Army Scholarship to attend Medical School to achieve his dream of becoming a Doctor.  His greatest achievement was becoming a Father to Jeylin.  He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Viewing: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, March 22, 2019 at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85213

Viewing: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Funeral Service to follow at 12:00 Noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 E. Des Moines Street, Mesa, Arizona 85213

Graveside: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85257



  • Elaine Bradford and Richard Chabowski

    We send Our Heartfelt Condolences to Joanna and Donald @ This Time…We knew Jeffrey way back when – the Early years in Mesa, the 1970s…Wish He was still here to meet Him again…it is Difficult when Anyone “passes”…We were Glad Our PathS crossed in This Life…Looking Forward to another Basketball game UP There…Take care Jeff, Joanna and Don, Mary Esther, and the Whole Garney Matula Family/Families…Love You A l l .

  • Susan Dawn Udall

    I knew Jeff. He was my friend. I loved him. He frequently in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve known him since I was a little girl, since junior high. Then we went to HighSchool together and then we went to college together. Rest in Heavenly peace my friend. 🙏

  • Suzy, Eddie, and Steve Starobrat

    Don and Jo, Mary and Amanda,
    I wish I could be there. My heart aches for all of you. If you need anything I will be there. Nothing prepares us for a loss especially of a child. May God bless you all and give you strength. Jeff will always be with you. May he rest in peace. Love your cousins from Chicago

  • Sue and Brian Dobbins

    Don and Joanna….Thinking of you and your family at this time. You are all in our prayers…

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Robert Messick

    We were college friends in Flagstaff, went on our LDS missions together. He was always a good friend afterwards. Best wishes to family and loved ones.

  • I had the privilege to meet Jeff at NAU. He was younger than I but a genuine friendship developed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was very intelligent. Yes, he always beat me on the basketball court but it was great just to play some bball. Thanks for making us laugh and for your strong faith. I’ll miss you my friend. Till we meet again.

  • Rachel Harrison Cobia

    I knew Jeff when we were just kids in elementary school and jr. high. He was so funny and just a good person to be around. I moved away before our freshman year of high school. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen him. When I heard the news my heart ached. Love and prayers to your family. Hoping he finds peace in his heavenly home.

  • Our families have been such close and dear friends for so many years. Jeff and our daughter, Melanie, have been great friends to each other for so long as well. I have so many wonderful memories of Jeff and his enthusiasm and love for life. Jeff was loved by so many, and will be missed by all. We love you all and have you in our deepest thoughts and prayers!!

  • I’m heartbroken to hear the news about my dear friend. Jeff was such a great person and an even better friend. He was always there for me to talk to when I was struggling with life. Jeff always made people smile. I know he is in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father. My prayers are with his family. I hope you know how much Jeff meant to me.

  • Don and Joanna,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your blessed son rest in peace.

  • Michelle Delpier Burns

    Don, Joanna, Mary and Amanda,

    I’m terribly sorry for your family’s loss of a wonderful son and brother. I can’t imagine the pain you all are experiencing. I pray for comfort and peace for you all. I trust In God that Jeff is now free of pain. Hugs to you all.

    Michelle Delpier Burns

  • I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Jeff’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) One way that God comforts us today is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit JW.org.

  • Heartbroken at the news. Jeff was a dear friend and student while attending NAU. He was frequently in our home and always welcome. Love and best wishes to his family and friends. Our lives will forever blessed by having known and loved Jeff.
    David C. Jay. (Former Flagstaff LDS Institute Director)

  • My heart was broken to hear of your loss. Jeff and I got to be good friends at BYU and have stayed close ever since. I know he is now away from his pain and at peace. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Samantha, Todd, and Peter Massow

    Dear Jeff, May you find peace. We were honored to get to know you. We will forever keep you in our thoughts and prayers, Love, Samantha Todd, and Peter Massow

  • Paul Barnhurst

    So sort for your loss. Jeff is a great guy and a friend. I look forward to seeing him again in the next life.

  • 2 years and I am still feeling empty!! May God always look after you!!

  • John Heathcote

    Jeff and I were in school together in 2015. He was a good friend and we spoke on the phone from time to time after that school year about our professional aspirations. I remember once he took me on a drive up into the mountains when we were both stressed out with school. It was a beautiful drive and we just enjoyed the scenery. I learned a lot from him and especially by his example of kindness. I think of him often and look forward to the day to meet him again!

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