GARY LYNN PARKIN
Gary Lynn Parkin left this world on April 28, 2021. He lived each day to the fullest--enjoying his family, golf and his beloved Utah Jazz.
He was born on June 26, 1937 in Woods Cross, Utah, to Lee and Clara Parkin as the second of six children. He entered the Army and became a member of the 82nd Air Born during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for bravery. He returned to Utah and went to work for Beeline Refinery for 33 years. Upon his retirement in 1991, he embarked on his second career, working for Bountiful Ridge Golf Course for the Maintenance Department. In 2011 he went on to his next venture Grandpa Gary’s Homemade Fudge. He sold his mouthwatering fudge throughout Northern Utah as he continued to make friends wherever he went.
He enjoyed many different activities: deer, pheasant, and duck hunting; fishing; and golf were just a few of his favorite things to do. Many of his most gratifying moments were spent coaching his sons and their friends in basketball and soccer in the So. Davis Area and for the Catholic Youth Organization.
He became a charter member of BPOE 2442 Elks Lodge in 1970 and was an active member of the Lodge and served as Exalted Ruler twice.
He married Diane Franks on April 14,1967 and they shared a wonderful adventurous life together traveling throughout the world. He was a proud father of four loving children: Kerry, Cindy, Nick, and Matt. His family grew to include 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Jim and Dale and sisters, Diane and Linda .
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday , May 5, 2021 at Elks Lodge , 544 W. 400 N. Bountiful, Utah. In lieu of flowers please send a donation in his name to: Huntsman Cancer Institute or BPOE Elks Lodge 2442. Care entrusted to Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary.
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