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Gary Dean Clawson

Born: Fri., May 31, 1935
Died: Tue., Jun. 4, 2019


Graveside Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 08, 2019
Location: Mountain View Cemetery


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Gary Dean Clawson, 84, passed away June 4, 2019 at the home of his daughter, Marcy Aiken, in West Jordan, Utah, where he has resided for the past three years.

Gary was born in Pocatello, Idaho, May 31, 1935 to George C. Clawson and E. Viola Jensen. He had two older brothers, Jim and John, also a sister that died in infancy, Jeanene.  He had a younger brother Jeddy and a younger sister, Julienne. 

Gary held many jobs, his first, a paper route; he delivered the papers on a Whizzer motor bicycle that he and his brother John shared! He later worked at a gas station pumping gas and selling auto parts.  He was a car man apprentice at Union Pacific Railroad, worked for Bannock Cable, was an ambulance driver, sold sewing machines and insurance. 

He married Marjorie Denning in 1953 and together they had four children, Kayleen, Sue, Matthew and Marcene.

He got his first teaching job in Nyssa, Oregon and taught choir for grades K-12.  In 1968 he accepted a job with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and took his family to Tonga where he taught band at Liahona High School.  Living in Tonga was a highlight of his life. He was called by President David O. McKay to translate the hymn book into Tongan which he did including a different notation system.  Accomplishing this was a crowning highlight of his life.  After returning from Tonga he became a realtor and later owned a brokerage, Landmark Real Estate, and did appraisals until his retirement.

He and Marjorie divorced and he married Joan Barnhart in 1981, she had three children, Kathy, Jackie and Tom. This event added many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to his life; he leaves behind a great posterity.

Gary loved playing the piano and singing, he enjoyed camping, especially in Island Park, and he was a good cook.

He will be laid to rest next to his wife Joan, who passed away in January of 2018.

His funeral will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at his ward chapel at 5156 Clay Hollow Ave. in West Jordan, Utah at 11:00 am.  There will be a viewing prior to that from 9:30-10:30 am.  He will be laid to rest the following day, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Mountain View Cemetery, 1520 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho with a graveside service beginning at 2:00 pm.

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Val
   Posted Wed June 05, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We pray that God will grant you the strength needed to comfort you through this moment in life. May the promises recorded in John 5:28,29 brings you comfort and solace

Neoma and Bob Bickers
   Posted Thu June 06, 2019
We are saddened by the loss of our friend, Gary Clawson. I enjoyed working with him as an assistant stake clerk in the Hyrum, UT Stake. We worked hard and enjoyed some laughter along the way working with the Presidency of Steven Viehweg, Gordon Huston, and Brian Pitcher. We are traveling East at this time and regret not being able to attend Gary's funeral services. We will visit the cemetery when we return.

Tina (Hillyard) Koehler
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Marcy and Family,
I am sadden to hear of the passing of your Father. It looked like his last years were full of good times and happy memories because of you. What an honor it is for you to have cared and loved so well for him. You will be rewarded for all you have done.

Love,
Tina (Hillyard)Koehler and Family

Tonna Denning
   Posted Sat June 08, 2019
Dear Family Cousins,

It was sad to hear about Uncle Gary's passing. I'll always remember the times we visited and heard his humor and saw his smile. I used to enjoy it and thought he was cool. And we would mention him in out family prayers when rattling off the list of aunts and uncles as kids. (I can still hear my little brothers saying to "bless 'Uncow Gaowy'" without the "r". It was so cute.) It was nice having him be a part of his life while he was. And I'm thankful for the good memories I have of him. I think it was awesome that he could spend his last years with you Marcy. That's really admirable. I wish the best for all the family.

Best,
Tonna Denning

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