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Rusty Floyd Pitney

01/15/1979 - 09/11/2018
Service Date: 09/22/2018
Service Time: 9:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10036 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: St. Johns Cemetery, St. Johns, Arizona

Rusty Floyd Pitney, 39, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2018 at home in Mesa, after a long battle with cystic fibrosis. He was born January 15, 1979 in Mesa, Arizona. A sixth generation Arizonan, he loved the state and loved hiking, fishing and hunting throughout it.

Rusty served a 2 year mission to Salt Lake City South, (Spanish speaking) where he fell in love with the Latino people and culture. He started work at the University of Phoenix as a finance counselor and worked his way to Director of Strategic Integration. While there, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He later studied at the University of Arizona in the Masters of Information Systems program. He was driven to accomplish great things. He enjoyed reading (especially history) genealogy, gardening, and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Rusty is preceded by his father Floyd Pitney Jr.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Jane (Haynes), his son, Jack Fitzgerald, and by his mother, Becky Ann Pitney, his grandmother, Doreen Richey, his brothers Nathan, Jonathan and Blaine Pitney, and his sisters Heather Payne, Ginger Connor and Kelsey Pitney. He was beloved by his family and friends, and his presence in their lives will be deeply missed. A viewing will be held at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E University Dr., Mesa from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018. Funeral services are Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the LDS chapel on 10036 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, 85207, with visitation from 8-8:45 am that morning. Rusty will be buried in St. Johns, AZ later that evening. Memorial donations for Jack’s college fund can be made at any Chase Bank.


  • Sheila Fitzgerald

    I am so very sorry you are going through this. It just doesn’t seem fair. If there is anything we can help you with please let us know.

  • Sheila Fitzgerald

    Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with. Time and God makes these things tolerable.

  • I’m so very sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers go out to the Pitney family. May you always cherish the sweet memories and love you all had for each other.

    Suzanne Platt

  • I am so sorry to hear this news. I met Rusty once a few years back and he seemed very friendly and full of life. I know this is a big loss to the Pitney family after having lost so many good man in the last two years. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and son, as well as his mother.

  • Prayers and condolences to Nathan and family.

  • To Nancy, Jack, Becky, Nathan, Johnathan and Blaine and all other friends and family I just want you to know my heart goes out to you. I’m a Respiratory Therapist at University Medical Center Phoenix. I took care of Rusty on many occasions and we became good friends. I did a lot of pulmonary function testing with Rusty and during the tests we spoke a lot about each others families. Our sons are the same age so we had a lot to talk about as far as their interests an hobbies go. Both of our sons are avid Lego builders. I’m going to miss Rusty’s smile and our conversations we had together. Please know you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We love you so much Nancy. You’ve always been so good at taking care of everybody around you and now it’s our turn to love on you and Jack. We want to help. Let us help and check in on you. So much of my heart is focused on you and your family. We are bringing dinner tonight and my dad, or I, will mow your lawn next week too. ❤️❤️ I’m only one house away!!!

  • In Texas there is a saying: “Good people are hard to come by”. Rusty was “good people.” I will forever remember our talks, him and I sitting on the curb in the dark of night, in the winter cold or the summer heat. We found peace and solved a lot of problems sitting on the curb. We solved world issues, family issues, personal issues. Now he can guide us all in ways only we know. Rusty touched everyone, he made a mark in our lives. That was good. Peace and love to you and Jack.

  • Death is the hardest part of life especially when it happens unexpectedly. May Family and Friends of Rusty find comfort in knowing that God will undue the suffering that we experience. Isaiah 33:24, Acts 24:15, Revelation 21:4

  • Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Rusty. We pray our loving Heavenly Father (Psalm 83:18) grants you peace during this difficult time.

  • My heart goes out to you–loss of a son/brother/husband is difficult at any age/stage of life. Your strong testimonies of the restored gospel and the knowledge you will see and be with him again and that a loving Heavenly Father is in charge will help you through this trying time. At a time such as this many years ago, a cousin told me “things will never be the same, but they will get better” I didn’t want to hear that but have found it to be very true. May you have peace and comfort continually.

  • My prayers and love go out to your family.

  • Dorothy and Syd Wall

    Our hearts ache for you Nancy, Jack and all the Pitney and Haynes family at this sad time. We have lovely memories of our time spent with you on your mission here and of the time we visited you, Rusty and your families in 2005. May God grant you all His choicest of blessings of comfort and peace to carry you through the coming times. Much love and hugs from Dorothy and Syd and all the Wall family in Leighton Buzzard, England. Xxxx

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