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Glen Elwood Gardner, Jr. 11/30/1946 ~11/11/2010 Glen Elwood Gardner, Jr., age 63, died suddenly, inexplicably, on November 11, 2010, in Williston, North Dakota, during a routine medical test. He was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, on November 30, 1946, to Glen Elwood Gardner, Sr., and Linda Bernice Hetrick Gardner. His family moved to Utah when he was 10. He graduated from Bingham High School in 1965 and attended the University of Utah. He married his high school sweetheart, Pamela Jean Crum, on March 8, 1969, in Sunnyvale, California. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on August 31, 1970. They have two children, Adrienne (Darrin) Sumsion and Brian (Rebecca) Gardner. Seven grandchildren: Quincy Gardner, Mitchell Gardner, Veronica Sumsion, Erik Sumsion, Nicole Gardner, Vanessa Sumsion, and Simon Gardner. His grandchildren described him as "ten feet tall and bulletproof." He was the rock solid foundation of his family. He has two sisters, Fern (Jim) VanCamp, Teri (Gary) Koden, and a brother, Dale (Velna) Gardner, all of Washington State. Step sisters: Elaine (Jerry) Liddell, and Sharon Smith. Preceded in death by his parents and step mother, Arkin Smith Gardner. He was employed by Boeing Aircraft Company in Everett, Washington, helping to build the first Boeing 747s. Later he returned to Utah to complete an apprenticeship in the Carpenters Union. He graduated from Salt Lake Community College with an AAS in Carpentry. He left his creative mark on Utah as a journeyman carpenter and general contractor, working on the ZCMI Center, Beneficial Tower, Abravanel Hall, the Park City Transit Center, and numerous luxury homes in Park City and Deer Valley. He served honorably in the US Army Reserve and Utah National Guard. He was a high priest in the LDS Church and served in numerous callings including executive secretary to the bishop, financial clerk, teachers quorum leader, counselor in the Sunday school and elders quorum presidencies. He loved the outdoors. Fishing, waterskiing, boating, hiking were favorite activities. Most of all he loved his family and friends. Services will be held Saturday, November 20, 2010, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah, at 2 p.m. with a prior viewing at 12:30 p.m. and interment to follow the services. Online condolences at www.larkincares.com

Published in Deseret News on Nov. 18, 2010
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