Gary E Rollins, wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in his home on November 5, 2020. Born August 3, 1939 to Julian Evan Rollins and Hilda Eyre he was the youngest of six children. His mother was diagnosed with cancer while she was expecting Gary but chose to forego treatment until after he was safely born. She passed away when he was only a year old and his Grandma Phoebe stepped in to help raise him in his hometown of Parowan, Utah.
He attended Parowan High School where he had an active social life and was a cheerleader. He graduated in 1957 and he moved to Salt Lake City where he lived with his beloved sister Kaye while he attended and graduated from Stevens Henager College. While living in Salt Lake his friend Tommy introduced him to the love of his life, Catherine Crawford. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 25, 1961.
After a few years they moved to Sugarhouse and it was there Gary and Cathy put down their roots, raised their seven children and loved their neighbors. Gary worked at many businesses and eventually retired from Airborne Express.
Gary found a lot of joy in the simple things in life. Cooking the perfect au gratin potatoes, painting ceramics, wearing colorful Hawaiian shirts, stocking a never-ending supply of Oreos, traveling with friends, listening to music, making the world’s best malts and watering his large yard by hand with a hose for hours. Many of the things he enjoyed doing also happened to bring joy to others. He was like that.
If you were to ask Gary to name his greatest accomplishment in his life it wouldn’t be found in money or degrees or personal achievements but in loving his family. He, of course, loved his children but if we are being honest his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. He was the get-down-on-the-floor type Grandpa. Whether it was playing with cars or dolls, hiding under a blanket or having a tea party Grandpa was in! He loved to take the grandkids on walks, to Lagoon, to Liberty Park to feed the ducks, or the neighborhood park to play. Gary had a talent for decorating cakes and he used it to the extreme to celebrate his grandchildren!
Gary was devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and no matter how inadequate he may have felt he accepted and served in many callings, always serving with all his heart. His favorite calling was working at the recommend desk at the Salt Lake Temple for many years. He was faithful all his life despite the many challenges he faced. He was often asked why he stayed true to his faith and his response was “I have always known it is true.”
Gary is survived by his wife Catherine, sisters-in-law Helen Rollins and Helen Bauman, sons; Bryan, David (Kelli), Mark (Brittney), Paul and Nathan, daughters; Susan Lawrence and Debbie (Jason) Willborn, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM with a viewing beforehand from 9:00-10:30 AM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary at 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. An evening viewing will be held at the same location Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Interment to follow at the same location.
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the funeral services
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the funeral services.
Life Story Info
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. I lived in Sugarhouse with you a long time ago, but have never forgotten you. What a blessing it was for me to know you and serve with you in our Ward. I can remember the good times we had; the laughs we shared and how special your family was. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had the privilege of working with Gary for years at Airborne Express, Gary was always seeking to bring happiness to all of us. I haven't had a chance to see or speak with Gary for years but that never stopped me from thinking about him. I'm most grateful for Gary when by coincidence after my divorce my kids moved into his Ward and he always went out of his way to be kind to them and to update me on his encounters with them. I love you, Gary, and will always hold you dear to my heart.
Gary was an amazing guy, I worked with him at Airborne Express and he would light up the office with his smile and grand personality. Gary was a joy to be around. And he also spoiled me with homemade German Chocolate Cake on every birthday. He had a way of making everyone feel special. You will be missed my friend!