Gary Reed Barron
04/27/40 – 07/04/21

Gary Reed Barron

April 27, 1940 – July 4, 2021

Our beloved Gary Reed Barron died of complications due to BVFTD July 4, 2021, on hospice at home in St. George, Utah with his wife by his side. Gary was born in Susanville, California April 27, 1940, to Rita Laura (Smith) Barron and Jacob Reed Barron. Gary married Margie Jean Cox Tuesday, August 14, 1990, in the Jordan River Utah Temple.

He attended Susanville schools including Lassen High School. Gary enjoyed baseball in his youth. He dreamed of being a pitcher in the major leagues. Being left-handed and also ambidextrous helped him win a batting title one year. However, Gary was tackled playing flag football ending up with a broken collar bone requiring surgery with wire. This ended his baseball ambition. Gary spent his teenage summers hucking hay bales at the family ranch in Willow Creek Valley outside of Susanville with high school classmates and a cousin, Ronnie Nielsen. Although the work was hard, Gary had fond memories of these summers.

He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and then received an MBA from BYU.

Gary owned Cottonwood Ski & Sports in Holladay, UT during the 1980’s. Gary also 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 especially 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. He enjoyed camping there as well.

Gary served multiple missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Including, #1 The French East Mission, which was in France and Switzerland , 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 with Margie, 2010-2011. #5 At the age of 50, Gary served a  “special mission”  when he married Margie Jean Cox (age 42) and gladly took on the role of stepfather to her 5 teen-age children. Their first home as a family was in  Granite Bay, CA for 13 years. Several children considered this their hometown. During their marriage, they also lived in Lincoln CA; Rocklin, CA; El Dorado Hills, California and then St. George, Utah. Because Gary was honest, faithful, intelligent, gregarious, and humble these qualities had a profound effect upon Margie and her children. Gary served in several bishoprics and High Priest group leadership positions but 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, and they were a great joy to Gary.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 31, 2021, 3:00 pm with a viewing prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT. Burial will be  Thursday, August 5, 2021, 11:00 am at East Lawn Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Ln, Sacramento, CA 95841.

Friends and family who are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online. Please click on the link below:

Our family would like to acknowledge Sun Tree Hospice, Dr. Richard Bennett; Shauntelle Trapp, RN; Kylie Carver & Ronnie Francisco, CNA; Kay Merz, massage therapist; Tricia Reynolds & Jim Dowd, chaplain; Diana, volunteer; Laura Moody Carver, Counselor; Carol Fletcher, MSW; Angela Tipton, CNA. We apologize if we left anyone unnamed, you were wonderful.

Light dinner will be provided at approximately 4:30 pm. Little Valley Stake Center (Fieldstone Ward), 2436 E Crimson Ridge Drive, St. George, UT 84790.

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



1:00 – 2:30 pm

Second Visitation


3:00 pm


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


11:00 am
East Lawn Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841

Guest Book

16 Responses

  1. Margie & family, Gary was such a great guy. We loved it when you lived close by in Granite Bay. Our condolences to all.

    1. We loved living in Granite Bay because of great neighbors like you who were so friendly and fun. Thank you for your kind words about Gary. Love, Margie

  2. Thanks for the many hours of friendship we shared and support at Dean’s passing. I hope he is there to great you. To Margie, Rely on the Holy Ghost for the extra support when it’s mostly needed from this day forward as your forever partner travels ahead. Comfort comes with the knowledge we continue forever as partners. My prayers are with you.

  3. I will always remember Gary and Margie (Elder and Sister Barron) as Angels that came in my life at a time I needed them the most. Elder Barron was a man of few words but was always pleasant, humble and cheerful. I’m indeed grateful for the opportunity I had to have met such an amazing individual. Sister Barron, my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    1. Thanks, sweet Gavette. You were a shining light in our class. Your kind words are much appreciated.
      Much Love,
      Sister Barron

  4. What a beautiful tribute to a great man! t was my blessing to sit with Gary and watch his favorite shows with him. Margie, you are an exquisite woman of faith and strength. Thank you for allowing us (and me as chaplain, particularly) into your home. We as a hospice team, love you and are blessed to have come to know you both. Prayers of peace for you and your dear family at this time of loss and always. ♥️🙏

    1. Tricia, you brought joy to Gary as the end of his life drew near. Thank You for the comfort you gave Gary. And thanks for your kind tribute. It is much appreciated.
      Love, Margie

  5. I enjoy many great memories of Margie and Gary and family. Our kids grew up together. We had lots of great times together. Gary was a great husband, father and friend. I’m so glad he is now free from disease and is in a better place.
    We love your family and send love and orayers.

  6. Gary was a man without guile. He was an exemplary minister and disciple of Jesus Christ. I loved serving with him in a bishopric in Granite Bay. We even made a spoof that we shared at a ward party that was fun and memorable. He was a great mentor and father because of his kind, gentle and charitable way of being. Many fond memories. May God bless you in your loss.

    1. Dear Dean, Your kind words about Gary are comforting. You describe him so well. He enjoyed the camaraderie you shared in that bishopric and the stalwart example you were. Sincere Appreciation, Margie

    2. Dear Dean, Your kind words about Gary are comforting. You describe him so well. He enjoyed the camaraderie you shared in that bishopric and the stalwart example you were. Your tribute brings comfort. Thanks, Margie

  7. Dear Andrea, We enjoyed our friendship with you and Don. And have many fond memories. It is comforting to know that our husbands were good men and are now in a place of peace and happiness.
    Corbin and Allan had a great friendship. They knew how to have fun and kept us in stitches. Corbin is also in that place of peace. I am often comforted by knowing this. Love, Margie

  8. So sorry for your loss Margie-
    Although I didn’t get to know Gary very well the love and care you have shown for him over the years is pure Christlike love. You kept your promise keeping Gary at home even when faced with the hardest of trials. You are an an amazing example of love and service and hope you feel love and peace ❤️

  9. Gary was a good and kind man. I’m sure the lord welcomed him with open arms and said well done my good and faithful servant. He was my beloved and dear friend.
    Ruth Ann Hamilton

    1. Ruth Ann, You are a longtime friend of Gary’s who he loved and admired. I’m glad we could speak for a few minutes today and share some special memories of Gary. Sincerely, Margie

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