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Gary Ode Totland 1934 ~ 2010 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, Gary Ode Totland passed away unexpectedly at age 75, from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on February 17, 2010. Gary was born September 11, 1934 in SLC to Ode Emil Totland and Golda Stringham. He graduated from West High School where he had a passion for all sports as he excelled in baseball, and football. He married Maureen Newman in 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple, later divorced. In 1999, he married his "sweetheart" and soul mate, Maureen Maughan Snow in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a four-year collegiate All-American with a batting average of .467 at the U of U. Drafted by the N.Y. Yankees out of High School. At age 45, Gary became an avid tennis player both locally and nationally, where he became a top-ranked national champion. In 2004, Gary was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. In 1966, he turned down a professional career in baseball to work with underprivileged and disabled people in SLC. He started his charitable work as a principal for Garfield School. He founded the Utah Special Olympics in 1968 and worked with the Kennedy foundation. He built Camp Kostopolus, a summer camp for the disabled in Emigration Canyon, while becoming the director of United Cerebral Palsy. In 1981, he became the marketing director for the Utah Jazz. Later in life, he worked as the V.P. of American Cancer Society and was proud of developing the Ron Boone Charity Golf Classic to provide money to fight cancer. In 2000, he was inducted into the initial Special Olympics Hall of Fame and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch during the Atlanta Summer Games. Gary was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served two missions with his wife Maureen, to Bangalore, India 2001-2003 and Leeds, England 2005-2006. He developed a special love for family history and genealogy. His devotion to the church throughout his life helped him realize his ultimate passion in life; service and charity to others, especially people in need. Most importantly, Gary loved to make people feel special through laughter. His stories of living life to the fullest and giving with all his heart would always bring smiles to the people around him. He is survived by his loving "sweet heart", Maureen, half brother Brent Anderson, his son Curtis Eric "Zeke" (Ana) Totland, and daughters Denise Gitlin, and Teresa "Gidget" Rex. Stepson, Rodney (Dana) Dredge, Tamie Ashby, Sandy (Hugh) Meadows, Doug (Julie) Dredge. He is preceded in death, by his parents, and eldest son, Gregory G. Totland Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Cottonwood Stake Center, 6400 S 1830 E. SLC. There will be a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. A viewing will be held at Mtn. View Mortuary on Tuesday evening from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at 7800 South 3115 East, SLC.

Published in Deseret News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2010
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