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.

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Dear Maureen:

Pat and I are so sorry. There is not only an empty chair at the table, there is an empty place in our hearts. We loved Gary and we love you, too. We will always remember our weekly get-togethers with the Crawfords - Pat and Gary's constant verbal jousting over her hand, Gary and I pretending to be cheating much to your consternation. How we loved it all.

Gary was a good man. He always had his "hand" in heaven and now is "foot" is there also. I expect he is there shuffling the decks, waiting impatiently for us to get there so the games can begin.
Gary & Pat Christian
March 3, 2010
Grandpa Totland is and was an exceptional example to me of a fine Christlike man and a very worthy priesthood holder, i met Gary whilst he was serving his mission in Leeds. He came over for dinner and with his excellent sense of humour distracted me whilst he pinched (stole) my broccoli. Ever since that day we became eternal friends, i love him, he is a fine example and i pray we can all live our lives in such a way that we can rejoice with him in the eternities. I love you Gary and god be with you till we meet again.
Thomas Walker
March 2, 2010
Gary was my friend and mentor in many ways but mostly as a baseball player. I succeeded in baseball, playing at the Univ. of Utah due to a large extent to Gary's tutelage and friendship. He was my coach in American Legion baseball and spent hours with me at Jordan Park helping me become a better player.I did not know he had passed away until Wed., too late to attend his services. Happily I ran into him in St. George last October, at the tennis courts. He looked great and we reminisced for many hours. I am now very grateful for that time. My condolences to the family, I feel a great personal loss and will miss him as we promised to connect again in St. George this year.
Russ Van Vleet
February 27, 2010
I am probably the worst gal a guy can be a home teacher to as I shy away from calling on him or even having visits. I did however find need of Priesthood blessings for my daughter prior to a dental procedure a fews months ago. We felt extra help was needed to save her crown from shattering during the visit. Gary looked at her and said, "if you believe it to be so it will be." Now I am sure as Gary's health was deteriorating he had blessings and he most likely knew it was time. I've since learned he had been giving away his personal items to others in the community which sort of backs up the theory what he believed was it was time.
I so enjoyed his celebration of life at the funeral yesterday as I learned so much about him and his legacy. I love so much that he respected my wishes in the capacity he was called to serve me and my girls.
Thank you Maureen for always loving and inquiring about my missionary.
You have rejoined the ranks of the great single group again and we need you to giggle and shine and maybe even play match-maker for this mighty group. We welcome you with open arms and hope we can sustain you in this time. My own Mother has joined us too.
Many are watching over you now, especially Gary. I think of the Broadway musical, "Into the Woods" and the lyrics that simply say, "you are not alone, noone is alone...."
May our Savior's love blanket you like the voice of your beautiful little singer reminded us yesterday.
Ward Family
February 25, 2010
Maureen - I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much you love Gary and will miss him terribly. May you find some peace and comfort during the hard days ahead as you remember all of the wonderful experiences you shared together. I know you will be with him again one day. You are in my prayers. Love, Trish
Trish Madsen
February 25, 2010
We are so sad about the loss of such a great man and friend. Many memories of Gary flood through our thoughts. Gary and Masa shared so many things. They loved chatting about baseball to each other, and playing tennis, but most important to Masa is that on August 16 in 2003 Gary Baptised him and that was the first day of a new life for Masa. Gary and Maureen both became a special part of our lives. We loved Gary Totland. They say if a Man touches or changes just one person he has made a difference. Gary Made a difference. We love and miss you Gary and our prayers are for Maureen and his wonderful family. Gary we will bring our little Caden up to the cemetary when he can throw and catch the baseball and you see him then. You never got the chance to practice with him but you were so excited he was right handed to open up the infield possibilities for him. God be with us as we miss you and with you as you now serve another mission.
Love, Dollie and Masa Sugiura and our little miracle Caden
Dollie Sugiura
February 25, 2010
I am so sorry to hear the news about Gary. I just recently ran into him and he got me up to date on what he had been up to.

I will always have great memories of the Totlands while growing up at the Canyon Racquet Club.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
John Collins
February 24, 2010
All of us at Shanti Bhavan are greatly saddened with the passing away of Gary. We remember him as a great supporter of the school and the children, and he undertook so many initiatives to help us. We fondly recall the horse he brought for the children to ride, in addition to the multi-purpose play area and the dry shed he built for us. With Maureen by his side, he was so much fun with his great sense of humor. We are all thankful for having known Gary.

Our prayers and thoughts go to maureen and the family. May Gary's soul remain in peace for having accomplished so many wonderful things.

Abraham George
Founder, Shanti Bhavan School
Abraham George
February 23, 2010
I am sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I worked with him at Camp Kostopulos in 1974 as a student intern in Therapeutic Recreation. I returned to Camp K in 1990 as Executive Director and continue to this day. Gary established a fine organization, it continues to grow and prosper. Gary Ethington, Executive Director KDF/Camp Koistopulos
Gary Ethington
February 22, 2010
Dear Totland family,

I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Like Chris said, I too remember Gary and Maureen as second parents. Zeke, Chris and I were inseparable throughout our childhood and their home was always open to us. I have so many great memories. Gary loved nicknames – Scooter, Gidget, etc – he called me “Red.” According to him, I was the one who introduced Zeke to girls which caused him to lose focus on sports at times. Zeke could do no wrong by his parents - his life was a scene straight out of “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” I ran into Gary a little over a year ago at my referee meeting (as the 2008-2009 High School basketball season was about to start) and Gary was considering becoming the new official’s arbiter for the UHSAA. He was the same friendly guy with that smile I had always known. During our brief conversation, he commented on how much he enjoyed his two missions and how proud he was of Zeke with his accomplishments in work, tennis and family. I’m grateful for that last chance encounter. There will always be a special place in my heart for him and for your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike Holm
February 22, 2010
The West High Alumni Association recognizes all the fine work Gary has done in his life to help others. We will always be proud to claim him as a Panther and remember, "Once A Panther Always A Panther". Respectfully, G. Ray Hale
G. Ray Hale
February 22, 2010
Maureen - my sincere condolences...what a beautiful love story you and Gary shared. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, MaryLou Crawford
February 22, 2010
The West High Alumni Association recognizes all the fine work Ted has done in his life to help others. We will always be proud to claim him as a Panther and remember, "Once A Panther Always A Panther". Respectfully, G. Ray Hale
G. Ray Hale
February 22, 2010
I worked with Gary many years ago with the Utah Jazz and the orginal Jazz Dancers. He was a great man with a big heart and loved helping people. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Lori Rupp
February 21, 2010
Dear Totlands, I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Gary and Maureen were a second set of parents to me while growing up and freely made their home a gathering place. I can't remember a time going home with Zeke after school that we didn't make a sandwich and "down" a Hansen's soda. After that it was usually off to the backyard to play Basketball. I'll never forget when Gary was our BB coach in young one could touch us in stake play. Later in life I would often run into Gary at BYU FB games...seemed you could always find him when he was wearing that hat. My love, thoughts and condolences to each of you...Zeke, Denise, Teresa, Marueen and all those that have loved him since my childhood. I'm sure he his having a wonderful time catching up with parents, Greg, his beautiful granddaughter and friends that gone before. All my love. Chris
Chris De Haan
February 21, 2010
Oh Maureen and family,

I am so sorry to read of the loss of Gary. I know how much you two have meant to each other. My condolences to all of your families. I hope that your memories of your times together will help you through this time in your life. It will be hard and you will miss him terribly, but your faith and love will help you.

Love to all of you!!
Arlene M. Henley
February 21, 2010
Gary did a lot for society and I did have pride in being both his and Denny's half brother. It is not many a brother who has two All Americans as brothers. As a child I idolized both of them.
Brent Anderson
February 21, 2010
Such a sad day for all of his friends. Our daughter thought Gary was the greatest! she went to camp K. when he was there. He called her Joni Balony. Joni pased away in 2003 so she once again is beside Gary. Our sympathy to the family.
Larry and Ruth Miller
Larry and Ruth Miller
February 21, 2010
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