Marcia Gardiner, 68, passed away quietly in her sleep on March 16, 2022 from complications due to cardiomyopathy.

Born March 11, 1954, the youngest of ten children to Harold Birk and Erma Young Gardiner in Salt Lake City where she spent childhood days playing sandlot baseball with the neighborhood boys in Logan Circle. Later traded her baseball bat for a tennis racket. Graduated from Highland High School and attended the University of Utah. For more than four decades she has called San Francisco home. She was passionate about music, singing, playing guitar and being part of several musical groups. Her love for music led her to work in the music business for Warner Brothers/Atlantic and Koch Music. She later worked for University of California San Francisco (UCSF), holding many department roles, including eight years in the Chair’s office in the Department of Psychiatry and five years as an executive administration officer in the Department of Radiology.

Marcia was a friend to all, slow to judge and quick to forgive. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met. Her kindness and radiant smile were immeasurable and enduring, like a ripple in a pond that cascaded outward to all. She will be remembered and deeply missed.

Preceded in death by parents, siblings Harold Gardiner, Jean Gardiner, Ron and Janice Wright, Erma Winter. Survived by wife Jacquie Smith, San Francisco; brothers and sisters: Janet Gardiner, South Jordan; Mark (Sherry) Gardiner, Couer d’Alene, ID; Paul (Martha) Gardiner, Art (Jolene) Gardiner, Sue (David) Wolfgramm, all Bountiful; Gordon Winter, SLC, and Louise (Cole) Durham, Provo; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N St., Salt Lake City.

Funeral arrangements by Larkin Mortuary.


Graveside Service

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Salt Lake City Cemetery
200 N Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Services Handled By

Larkin Mortuary
260 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Mar 26, 2022

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I remember Marcia well from High School. We didn't have any classes together, because she was a year ahead of me in school, although she was just about six months older. I remember her smile, and I am sure we visited at times. I knew her because she was Louise's sister, and Louise married my brother Cole. Louise has always been an amazing example in our family of service, kindness, fortitude, and amazing wit. There is a strength in the Gardiner family, born of intelligence, hard work, laughter, and love for all. Marcia played the guitar and wrote her own music in high school. She was very skilled in music at a young age. I admired this in her. She was a happy person. I loved reading the obituary and seeing her character and wonderful qualities developed throughout her lifetime. Thank you for sharing more of her story with me in her obituary. I am sad that she is gone so soon. My love to each of you in this time of loss! Take care.

Janet Durham Tate , Cottonwood Heights, UT, US Mar 30, 2022