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Donald Gary Wagstaff

October 18, 1937 March 3, 2019
Donald Gary Wagstaff
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On the evening of March 3, 2019, D. Gary Wagstaff was welcomed into the loving arms of his parents Art and May Wagstaff for the second time. The first being October 18, 1937 in Brigham City, Utah. Welcoming him at home was older brother David. David and Gary soon welcomed sisters Barbara and Caroline and brothers Richard and Steve. Gary grew up in Perry, Utah where he and a gang of friends (or fiends) terrorized the small town with their shenanigans. Soon he moved on to Box Elder High School and acquired more members to his gang of trouble makers. They were barely controlled by the teachers, wrestling and football coaches. In 1955 the school decided they had had enough and scooted him out into the world. Gary worked a few jobs and continued to enjoy life.

On June 1, 1956 he took on adult responsibility by marrying Darlene Roche in Corrine, Utah. Thereby acquiring new members to his shenanigans gang. In-laws Glen and Lucille Roche, sister-in-laws Sherran and Doris and brother-in-laws Glen, Lorin and Maurice. Soon afterward his family grew to include daughter Debra, son Dennis, daughters Ronda and Colleen and son Scott. Gary worked as a trucker for Big ‘J’ Mill and B & T Trucking of Brigham. The family moved from Brigham to Corinne and his children started their own shenanigans. A friend talked Gary into trying long haul trucking for E. A. Miller in Hyrum, Utah. A career was born, the family soon moved to Nibley. Gary bought a house, some land and a barnyard. He was a happy man, loved his job and his trucking family. While in Nibley he gave of his time and talents to Nibley City and his church. In April 1976 he was sealed to wife and family in the Logan Temple and became a happier man. At a snowmobile outing in 1978 Gary was met with the first of many physical challenges. His back was broken and he became paralyzed from the waist down. They told him it would be a long recovery, he made it short. They told him he would not walk again, with the help of crutches he did. They told him he would never drive truck again and he did. Once. Just to prove them wrong. He then moved into the shop at Miller’s in an office and began his second career as purchasing agent. Still surrounded by his beloved trucks and his trucking family. Gary continued to support his family and live life on his terms to the fullest. Always positive and never complaining. He retired and started a third career of being outside working in his yard, a Logan Temple worker and being very, very independent. Gary wore many hats, son, husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa. Always smiling, offering help, friendship and love. Never was an obstacle to big or a challenge to hard. Lessons his family learned from and took to heart. In later years he was thrown many physical challenges and he met them head on, a valiant warrior to the end. When his savior thought his challenges had been met he called him quietly and with dignity home. We are heartbroken to be separated from him at this time but jubilant knowing he walked and then ran into the open arms of loved ones and being told by his Lord, Job well done son.

Gary is survived by Debbie and Darwin Maughan, Dennis Wagstaff, Ronda and Keith Laursen, Colleen and Larry Ng and Scott and Maighan Wagstaff, and his beloved lawn mower. Twelve that think he is an awesome grandpa and twenty three that think he is the greatest great grandpa. Missed by all.

Special love to the many angel nurses, hospital and doctors staff and Dr. Richard Stevens and Dr. Blaine Andersen for their care, comfort and friendship.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nyman Funeral Home. A last visit with Gary and visitation with his family will be held Monday, March 11th, 6-8 PM, at Nyman Funeral Home, 753 South 100 East, Logan, Utah. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 12th, 11:30 AM, Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South, Brigham City, Utah.
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6:00 PM 3/11/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/11/2019 8:00:00 PM
Nyman Funeral Home

753 South 100 East
Logan, UT 84321

Nyman Funeral Home
753 South 100 East Logan 84321 UT
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11:30 AM 3/12/2019 11:30:00 AM
Brigham City Cemetery

300 East 300 South
Brigham City, Utah 84302

Brigham City Cemetery
300 East 300 South Brigham City 84302 Utah
United States

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