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Gaylen Roy Hinton

Gaylen Roy Hinton Obituary
1953 ~ 2011
Gaylen Roy Hinton, son of Harvard Roy Hinton and Rose Marie Brokaw Hinton, was born in Provo, Utah on March 30, 1953. He passed away from cancer on December 13, 2011, at the age of 58. Gaylen was raised in Lehi, Utah before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in East England from 1972 to 1974. He remained faithful in the church all his life, serving in many callings, including Bishop.
After his mission he attended the University of Utah, where he met his wife of 36 years, Kristi Wyatt Ayers. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake temple on September 16, 1975. At the University of Utah, Gaylen was on the track team and he still holds the school pole vault record. Although he graduated in 1977 with a BS degree in physics, Gaylen has worked most of his career as an engineer. He focused on Research and Development management of complex multidisciplinary engineering projects. Gaylen's technical achievements include 16 U.S. Patents. His many work projects gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world.
Gaylen lived with his wife and children in many different locations, including Utah, Puerto Rico, California, Idaho, Montana, and North Carolina. He was a devoted and loving father of 10 adopted children: Mathew, Marcella, Christian, Peter, Ryan, Nikki, Deven, Kristal, Dominic, and Dustin. Gaylen is survived by his loving widow Kristi, all 10 of his children, his parents, mother-in-law, and seven siblings. He will be especially missed by his 14 grandchildren. Gaylen was a spiritually strong man and will always be loved and cherished by his friends and family.
A memorial service will be held for Gaylen in the Lehi 9th ward building, located at 465 East 300 North, on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00. A memorial service was also held for Gaylen in Durham, North Carolina. He will be laid to rest in the Lehi Cemetery.

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 15, 2011
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