Gary R. Haynes
1944 - 2021
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

Gary R.


August 16, 1944

September 16, 2021

Gary R. Haynes was born in Quincy, Illinois on August 16th, 1944 to parents Orrin and Marjorie. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1978. He passed away at age 77 in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 16th, 2021.

Gary graduated from Palmer High School, University of Colorado Boulder (Civil Engineering and Business dual degree), and Webster University (MBA).

Gary was a Civil Engineer and served as the City Engineer for the city of Colorado Springs. He began his 35-year career with the City in 1970, became City Engineer in 1983, and retired in 2005. He was responsible for many projects, including the Colorado Avenue Bridge, Austin Bluffs Parkway, and the Colorado Springs Airport. Gary received special recognition from the city and community for outstanding commitment and contribution, including from The Pikes Peak Trails Coalition, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, USAF Academy (Department of Civil Engineering), League of Women Voters, and the President of Colorado College.

He will be dearly missed by his family, and his friends from Colorado and Florida. Gary was an avid fan of baseball (Colorado Rockies season tickets since 1993 inaugural season), college football, and cycling races. He loved spending time with family, taking grandkids to the park and lunch, long road trips around the country to National Parks and historical sites, and wintering yearly in Marco Island, Florida. He loved Colorado, including skiing, golfing, feeding hummingbirds, relaxing in Redstone CO, authentic Mexican food, and local Colorado wines.

Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years Lenetta Haynes, son Greg R. Haynes, son Aaron Haynes and Aaron's wife Jennifer. He has three grandchildren, Isabelle, Isaac, and Ilias. He is also survived by his brother Mark (wife Marta), sister-in-law Julie (wife of Bruce), and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie, father Orrin, and brothers Kent and Bruce.

A public viewing will be held from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Friday, September 24th, at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 N Cascade Ave, followed by a private family burial at 2:00 PM. A public Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 25th, at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made "In Memory of Gary Haynes" to one of these charities:

Camp Elim, 5567 Painted Rocks Rd, Woodland Park CO 80863

Young Life, P.O. Box 70065, Prescott AZ 86304-7065 (also include "CO71 Pikes Peak" on the check)

Colorado Springs Little League, P.O. Box 76742, Colorado Springs CO 80970

Published by The Gazette from Sep. 21 to Sep. 23, 2021.
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11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
Celebration of Life
Pulpit Rock Church
301 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, CO
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I loved being able to work with Gary during my service as an attorney for the City of Colorado Springs. The community was very fortunate to have such a professional, kind man as City Engineer.
Patricia K Kelly
September 27, 2021
I worked with Gary at the City for many years. Gary was always calm and professional despite some challenging times. Gary will be missed by anyone who knew him. I will be out of town on Saturday and unable to attend the funeral. My condolensces to Gary's family.
Steve Hilfers
September 25, 2021
My heart goes out to the family & friends. I met Gary while working in the City. He was a very nice man, always friendly, and appreciative of I/T's work on his computer systems.
Roxi Graham
September 22, 2021
Worked with Gary for many, many years as we both started work with the City of Colorado Springs around the same time. Always found him to be kind and helpful, not a bureaucrat. My condolences.
jj Klikus
September 22, 2021
Dear Lenetta, Judi and I were very saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He was such a fine gentleman, the definition of "professional engineer". He helped me so much when I moved to the Springs to succeed him at the city's Engineering Department. Following his retirement, you both were so gracious to us. We really valued your friendship and your assistance. You must be proud of his accomplishments and the example he set. Best wishes, Cam & Judi McNair
Cam McNair
September 22, 2021
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