Garry Reed Barron
April 27, 1940 – July 4, 2021
Our beloved Gary Reed Barron died of complications due to BVFTD on July 4, 2021. Gary was born in Susanville, CA on April 27, 1940, to Rita Laura (Smith) Barron and Jacob Reed Barron. He attended Susanville schools including Lassen High School. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and then received an MA from BYU.
Gary owned Cottonwood Ski & Sports in Holladay, UT during the 1980’s. Gary managed many properties that he owned or co-owned in California from 1973 to 2014 (when he was diagnosed with BVFTD).
Gary’s interests include reading, running, skiing, and water skiing. One of his favorite pastimes was hiking in Cedar Mesa, Utah. The scenery was magnificent and the terrain rugged, which made the hiking worthwhile. He knew he was walking in areas inhabited over 1000 years ago.
Gary served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including, the #1 French East Mission, which was in Switzerland and France, 1961-1963. #2 He was a Seventy for over two decades and served a successful Stake Mission in the 1970’s. #3 Jamaica Kingston Mission as a church education missionary with his wife Margie 2003-2005. #4 A family history mission at the Sacramento Regional Family History (genealogy) Center 2010-2011. #5 After being single for 50 years, Gary performed a special mission when he married Margie Jean Cox (age 42) and gladly took on the role of stepfather to her 5 teenage children. They married in the Jordan River Temple, August 14, 1990. During their marriage, they lived in Granite Bay, CA; Lincoln City Rocklin, CA & El Dorado Hills, CA. Because Gary was honest, faithful, and intelligent, gregarious, and humble these qualities had a profound effect upon Margie and her children. #6 Gary willingly shared his testimony on assigned missions at all times. He kept the Book of Mormon in the car to give to anyone interested. Gary served in several bishoprics; High Priest group presidencies; his favorite calling was being a Home Teacher. He was a friend to all and saw good in everyone. And, perhaps his most outstanding quality was his integrity. He was fair and honest in all his business dealings and truly a gentleman who had the love of his friends and associates.
Gary is survived by his wife, Margie Barron of St. George, UT, 4 stepchildren: Tyler (Monica) McMillen, Shannon McMillen, Adam (Keyonna) McMillen, Cassie McMillen. Predeceased by stepson Corbin (Rebekah) McMillen February 19, 2021. Grandchildren eventually numbered 21.
Our family would like to acknowledge Sun Tree Hospice, Dr. Richard Bennett; Shauntelle Trapp, RN; Kylie Carver & Ronnie, CAN; Kay Merz, massage therapist; Tricia Reynolds & Jim Dowd, chaplain.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 31, 2021, 3:00 pm with a visitation prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT. Burial will be at a later date in Sacramento, CA.
Friends and family who are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online. Please click on the link below:
Light dinner will be provided at approximately 4:30 pm at Little Valley Stake Center (Fieldstone Ward), 2436 E Crimson Ridge Drive, St. George, UT.
Funeral arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Gary’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.