Gary Donald Faatz was born in Mayfield, Utah on July 22, 1941, the son of Donald Carl Faatz and Barbara Devoda Voorhees. He married Oneita Sue Madsen Friday, July 13th 1963. He spent much of his professional life working for Ford Motor Company, and through this association, he was able to work in several areas of the country, including Michigan, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Gary loved the outdoors and fostered this love in his children. The family often rode motorcycles, camped, and hiked. He was also a connoisseur of music and loved many genres including classical, rock, and particularly Jazz. As a young man, he played in a Jazz Quartet and was in the band that played at Oneita’s prom. They did not meet then. Instead, they were set up by Gary’s sister and navigated dating with the help of Gary’s enthusiastic family. He was a poet and an avid book collector, inspired by his passion for nature and the perfect word. He is survived by Oneita, his children: Erick D. (Alisa), Aaron G., Andrea (Daniel) Macfarlane, Christian (Jill) and Laura, as well as seven grandchildren.